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Do You Need Planning Permission To Add A Conservatory To Your Home?


If you have spent your lockdown in a compact house with a number of other family members, things may have felt a bit cramped, and left you crying out for some more space.

 Ultraroof Conservatory

Integration of a conservatory into the property could be the perfect answer. It’s where you could go and take a break when you fancy a bit of alone time. 

Beware though that planning permission for a conservatory installation may be necessary before it’s built – please don’t make the mistake of having one constructed without checking this out first. 

Your local authority wouldn’t be too impressed if you break the rules and can force you to remedy the design to bring it in line with planning laws, after which time you will then have to submit a retrospective planning application. Or they could do worse than that and not even give you that option, instructing you to demolish the conservatory and return the relevant site back to how it used to be. 

You’re fine to get a conservatory fitted without planning permission if you have Permitted Development Rights, which requires the design to also meet current building regulations, with no Article 4 direction imposed causing the withdrawal of Permitted Development Rights. 

Permitted Development Rights apply for a single-storey extension, like a conservatory, when the following criteria is met:

  • it’s located at the back of the house
  • it doesn’t go back further than 3 metres if it’s a terraced house, or 4 metres if it isn’t
  • the height of the eaves (where the wall meets the roof) is no higher than 3 metres
  • it’s not higher than 4 metres, including sloping roofs
  • it doesn’t cover more floor area than your house does
  • it doesn’t take up half the ‘curtilage’ – the grounds behind your home
  • it isn’t within a conservation area

Have a chat with the planning department at your Local Authority to get official confirmation of whether the conservatory can proceed without planning permission or otherwise. 

You won’t have to worry about doing any of that if you appoint Balhousie for the project as we can make the relevant checks and organise planning permission, when necessary. 

There’s a Helpful Guide you can download for FREE on our website which will give you more details about planning permission for conservatories, and other products. 


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