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When Is Building Regulation Approval Needed?

In a race to get their homes extended in time for summer, we have been inundated with requests for conservatories and orangeries from North East property owners.

Large Cream Loggia Conservatory

A definite shrewd move making such a decision so early in the year, particularly as they need to be absolutely sure that any proposed home extension installation will comply with current building regulations.

“Building regulations, what building regulations?”

Some people are oblivious to their existence, completely understandable, but we always give our customers a detailed insight into building regulations before we commence any work.

What exactly are building regulations?

They have been established to ensure buildings are constructed in a safe manner and will not endanger lives. They should be followed strictly as they set the standards for design.  

What happens if I ignore building regulations?

Do not do so under any circumstances! There have been a few examples where a local authority has ordered a householder to modify their newly constructed conservatory or orangery because it does not comply with building rules. Some have even been forced to rip down their extension and seen their money completely go to waste.

So, how do I know if my home extension satisfies building regulations?

Get in touch with the planning department at your local authority for a full outline of building laws, but typically you are safe to go ahead with an installation if it meets these guidelines:

  • At ground level and not exceed 30m2 floor area.
  • Glazed to satisfy the requirements of Approved Document K of Schedule 1.
  • Physically separated internally from the building it is attached to, for example, by a door.
  • Without sanitary appliances.
  • Not intended for year round habitable use.
  • Used to some extent for the propagation of plants.

A smaller sized conservatory like the Lean-To conservatory will also normally meet existing building regs.

For a definitive answer on whether your conservatory or orangery will gratify building rules, request an Exempt Buildings Form from your local authority.

Give a very thorough outline of what you intend to do, going into detail as much as you possibly can before sending it back to them. It may take a few weeks for them to make a decision, but at least then you have a formal ruling.  

You can do some further reading about building regulations on the Planning Portal website – an invaluable resource for anyone in the market for a home extension now or at some point in the future.

Pennine knows planning as well as building regulations

Planning permission is something else you need to think about when extending at home, but don’t let that bother you as Pennine can handle ALL planning and building regulation requirements for you.

On our Helpful Guides page you will find a document dedicated to the subject of planning permission. Why not read it before you get a FREE quote from our team.




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