"Before installing a conservatory or orangery find out whether you require planning permission"

Building a Conservatory or Orangery is a great way to increase your property's size, value and appeal however before you go ahead with extending your property you need to find out whether or not you need planning permission.

Do I need planning permission for a conservatory or orangery?

Conservatories and orangeries are generally permitted developments which do not require planning permission, providing they meet certain 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.

What are the guidelines?

The guidelines are as follows:

  • Conservatories and orangeries must not exceed or cover in excess of 50% of the size of the house
  • Should not exceed 4 meters in height
  • Should not include any Verandas, Balconies or Elevated Platforms
  • Should not be more then half the width of the house
  • Should not have eaves higher than 3 meters if within 2 meters of a structure boundary
  • 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 at: https://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/ alternatively you can speak to AFA Planning Consultants.

    What about regulations for extensions in world heritage sites & conservation areas?

    Additional building regulations may exist depending on the land and local laws for property extensions. Other regulations may include:

  • Not cladding the exterior walls of a property, conservatory or orangery
  • Installing an orangery or conservatory at the side of a property

  • What if my Orangery or Conservatory doesn't meet planning permission guidelines?

    If your Orangery or Conservatory has been built without obtaining planning permission prior as long as it meets the guidelines above there should be no problems, however you should check with your local council as some areas may have varying rules and guidelines. If permission is not granted and your structure is completed you could be fined up to £5000, alongside this you could also be made to take the structure down or face prosecution. If your Orangery or Conservatory does not meet the guidelines you may still be granted planning permission. You can file online for permission, it will cost around £150 to file an application which you can do at: https://www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/applications/