If you’re a trade glazing installer who regularly installs conservatories, it’s important to be as knowledgeable as possible about the process. For the homeowner, an integral part of planning a glazed extension is knowing whether planning permission is required. The more planning related questions you can answer, in depth, the more confident your customers will feel when employing your services.

When extending a property with a conservatory, essential you follow the process properly. Usually, planning permission is not required when installing a conservatory, unless the property has already been extended or is a new build property. Single storey extensions including conservatories are usually exempt from planning permission. However, the need for planning permission depends on each individual project’s specifications. If you’re looking to build a conservatory and want instant planning permission advice, contact Alex Trade Frames today.

Do you need planning permission for conservatories?

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Conservatories often don’t require planning permission if they meet the following criteria:

  • They don’t cover more than half the garden area
  • They don’t extend beyond the front or side elevation of the property
  • They don’t feature a veranda or balcony
  • The roof ridge is not higher than the eaves of the property’s roof
  • The house has not already been extended

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When extending a property with a conservatory, the need for planning permission often depends on the local authority. At Alex Trade Frames, we supply high performing uPVC conservatories to trade customers across Greater Manchester, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and further afield. For local information on planning permission regulations visit the government’s planning portal or get in touch with us.

The need for planning permission also varies for different types of property. If you’re working on a detached property you probably won’t need planning permission. However, if you’re extending a terraced or semi-detached house, or a flat or maisonette, it’s more likely you’ll need to obtain planning permission to install a conservatory.

Government guidelines state that a single storey extension must not extend more than four metres from the original property’s exterior wall (detached house) or three metres for other types of property. To ensure your conservatory doesn’t have a negative impact on neighbouring properties, you will also need to undergo a ‘Neighbour Consultation Scheme’. This replaces the need for planning permission, but for terraced houses, flats and maisonettes, planning permission is still required.

Building regulations

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Complying with building regulations is separate from planning permission. Building regulations ensure that any work carried out on a property is of a good standard and does not breach health and safety requirements. Most conservatories are exempt from building regulations when they are:

  • Under 30 metres squared in floor size
  • Separated from the original property by an external wall or door
  • Built at ground level
  • Not closer than 1 metre to any boundary
  • Fitted with an independent heating system
  • Building regulations approval is required when you want to remove the door or walls linking the conservatory to the original house. If you want to install a kitchen conservatory you will usually need to remove an exterior wall. Therefore, planning permission will be required. You will also need to prove that the conservatory is as energy efficient as the rest of the house. If a conservatory is built on or within 3 metres of a public sewer, then you will need permission from the local water board. Once the work is completed your local building control officer will inspect the conservatory to ensure that no damage has been done.

    Free planning permission advice

    When you choose a conservatory with Alex Trade Frames, we will give you advice on planning permission requirements. Even if your planned conservatory does not meet all the above criteria, the team at Alex Trade Frames have the experience and knowledge to give you the best possible advice.

    If you’re a trade glazing installer working in the north west of England and you’d like to find out more about working with Alex Trade frames as your dedicated glazing supplier, get in touch today. For more information about our high performing conservatories or any of our products or services call 0161 482 2323 or send us a message online.