TerraQuest News

- Jan 2021

Planning Permission for Conservatories – Everything you need to know.

Looking to build a conservatory? Conservatories are a brilliant addition to your home, but it’s important to make sure you get Planning Permission if you need it.

If you don't get planning permission (if you need it), you may be given an enforcement notice to resolve the issues. This can sometimes result in taking down the whole of the building completely!

In many cases, you will not need Planning Permission to build a conservatory because adding one to your home is usually allowed under ‘permitted development’ rules. However, this is subject to certain conditions. Whether or not you need Planning Permission will depend on the specifications of your conservatory.

On the 25th of May 2019, the UK Government relaxed its permitted conservatory development rights to allow homeowners to build larger extensions without planning permission.

Law now states:

  • Terraced and semi-detached homes can make additions up to 6m without planning permission.
  • Detached houses can now add large structures up to 8m without planning permission.

However, you need to ensure that your conservatory is not impacting your neighbours as they can still raise objections to extensions under the ‘Neighbour Consultation Scheme’.

You can build a conservatory or single-storey extension without planning permission if:

  • The roof ridge or top point is not higher than the eaves of a property’s roof.
  • Side extensions do not extend beyond half the width of the house.
  • The conservatory does not cover more than half the garden.
  • It is a maximum height of 4m high or 3m high (if within 2m of a boundary).

To find out more please visit the Planning Portal website.