Knowing your Permitted Development Rights as a homeowner can be confusing, though it is always important to know whether or not you need planning permission before installing a new conservatory.
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Technically, the answer is no, because conservatories are considered ‘permitted development’ and therefore do not require planning permission, as long as they adhere to certain conditions:
The width of the conservatory must not exceed half of the original house size. ‘Original house’ refers to the house as it was originally built.
It doesn’t front or obstruct a public road.
The conservatory must be single-story only, with no raised platforms, verandas or balconies.
No more than half of the land around the house can be covered by extensions. This included sheds and conservatories.
It cannot be higher than 4 metres.
A rear extension must not extend past the wall by more than 3m for an attached house and 4m for a detached house*.
If your home has been extended before in the past, you may need planning permission to build a conservatory.
If your building is listed, you may need to seek extra planning permission
The conservatory cannot be higher than the eaves of your existing roof.
*Until 30 May 2019, rear extensions up to 6m for attached houses and up to 8m for detached houses will be permitted through The Neighbour Consultation Scheme. This involves informing your local authority who will then evaluate the possible impact on neighbours and consult with them. If your neighbours object to your extension, the local authority will have to evaluate this and make a decision.
No, as conservatories are classed as single-story extensions, they are not permitted on the front wall of a house without planning permission from your local authority. This does not mean that it will not be permitted, just that planning permission is required to move forward.
If you, or a previous owner, has made extensions to your property in the past, then your property may have already used up all of its permitted development rights and you will need to seek planning permission from your local council. If you are not sure, they will be able to inform you.
An application for planning permission costs £172 for a homeowner in England, though in the case of listed buildings they are exempt from payment.