Building a Conservatory or Orangery is a great way to increase your property’s size, value and appeal. But, before you take a step towards extending your property, you need to find out whether or not you need planning permission. While at Orangeries UK we do provide full assistance with planning permission throughout the project, we’d like to make all potential customers aware of the rules and regulations.
UK law requires you get planning permission to enable you to build on, or modify, the use of land or buildings. That said, this rule doesn’t always apply to conservatories, which are regarded as within your ‘permitted development right’.
In a nutshell, you don’t have to obtain permission if your conservatory is single-storey and if it meets the following additional requirements:
You may also need to establish whether or not your house is a ‘new build’. Developers occasionally place limitations on them.
Conservatories and Orangeries are generally permitted developments which do not require planning permission, providing they meet the above-listed criteria. If a property is extended and the Conservatory or Orangery structure does not meet the criteria, then planning permission will be required. If planning permission is not granted and the structure has been built, it could be liable for removal.
The guidelines are as follows:
Please check with your local council if you have any concerns or questions in relation to planning permission. You can learn more about planning permission here.
Alternatively, we recommend you can speak to AFA Planning Consultants.
Additional building regulations may exist depending on the land and local laws for property extensions. Other regulations may dictate that you:
If your Orangery or Conservatory has been built without obtaining planning permission prior to construction but it meets the guidelines listed above, you shouldn’t have any problems. But, it’s best to check with your local council as some areas may have varying rules and guidelines.
If permission is not granted but your structure has been erected, you could be fined up to £5000 and you could be asked to take the structure down or face prosecution. But, if your Orangery or Conservatory does not meet the guidelines, you may still be granted planning permission. You can file for permission online here. To file your application it will cost around £150.
With that being said, we do want to make one thing clear: It’s an offence to not obtain planning permission, proactive or retrospective. Local authorities are well within their rights to tear down illegally built constructions, including Orangeries and Conservatories. We strongly suggest you seek advice before you build.
Need help? We’re here for you! Here at Orangeries UK, we provide full assistance with planning permission throughout the project.
First things first, people often confuse Planning Permission with Building Regulations. While both are under the control of local authorities, there are two fundamental differences:
In short, Planning Permissions are concerned with aesthetics while Building Regulations are concerned with function.
So, what are the conservatory building regulation requirements? If you want to build an extension to your home, building regulations will often apply. Conservatories, on the other hand, are an exception to the rule and are usually exempt so long as they meet the below conditions:
*Please note that conditions in Scotland and Northern Ireland may be different to those in England and Wales.
For more information, we suggest that you contact the Planning Portal, the UK Government’s online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales. Alternatively, work with Orangeries UK to build your Conservatory or Orangery and we’ll use our experience to navigate Planning Permission and Building Regulations on your behalf.