Does your conservatory comply with Regulations?

April 2, 2015 10:46 am






Does your conservatory comply with Regulations?


Many home owners will rely upon the word of the installer of a conservatory when it comes to considering Planning Permission and Building Regulations.

As a rule a conservatory will pass the permitted development test from a planning perspective and be considered as an exempt structure from a Building Regulations perspective.  Further consideration however must be given in relation to planning.

Permitted development rights will generally apply provided that:-


  • The conservatory does not cover more than 50% of the size of the original house.
  • The conservatory is not built fronting a highway.
  • The conservatory is not higher than the highest part of the existing roof.
  • The conservatory is not more than 4 metres high.


Building Regulations will generally apply if you want to construct a conservatory provided that:-


  • They are built at ground level and are less than 30 square metres in floor area.
  • The conservatory is separated from the house by external quality walls doors or windows.
  • There should be an independent heating system with separate temperature and on/off controls (if there is heating at all).
  • Glazing in any fixed electrical installations comply with the applicable Building Regulations requirements.
  • No new structural opening between the conservatory and the existing house is created.




Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss this matter further:

Telephone us on 01522 687500 or email