Conservatories are a popular addition to many homes as homeowners want additional space without having to move up the property ladder. While building a conservatory or an orangery may be cheaper than buying a bigger home, there are a few things that you need to consider before going ahead.

Aside from planning your budget, finding the right builder, and assessing the impact, a conservatory has on your outdoor space, you will need to think of planning permission. Planning permission for Conservatories can be tricky to navigate and some councils have a lengthy application process, but you should not jump ahead without following the proper process.

Applying for Planning Permission for Conservatories

Conservatories can cost a fraction of the cost of an extension while still increasing your house value. As ‘permitted developments’ conservatories are exempt from planning permission, however, there are some rules that need to be followed. When designing your conservatory you will need to ensure you comply with the following:

  • Your conservatory is a single storey only. Double story conservatories will need planning permission
  • The height of the conservatory must not exceed 4 metres
  • The conservatory does not exceed the height of your home
  • Follow the rules on how far your conservatory can extend out to the side of your property
  • Your conservatory must not extend beyond 3 metres to the rear of your property
  • Consent is required for any listed building

If you want to build a conservatory at the front of your house, you will need to get planning permission in this instance.

For more advice on planning permission for conservatories, Oxfordshire conservatory specialists, Regal Homemaker will be able to offer support and advice. We have many years of experience in the industry and can help you save time processing any necessary paperwork.

Building Regulations for conservatories

When erecting a conservatory, there are some circumstances in which your design will be exempt from building regulations. When building conservatories, Regal will ensure that any homework is done before going ahead with the build. Exemptions come into play when:

  • Conservatories are at ground level
  • The total floor area of a conservatory is 30 metres squared or less
  • At least half of the wall of the conservatory is glazed
  • At least three-quarters of the roof is glazed
  • Doors are installed on a conservatory (to separate it from the main house)
  • Building Regulation requirements are followed when it comes to electrical work

By following these guidelines you can ensure that you do not carry out any work that needs to be taken down. By going ahead with a build without considering planning permission and building regulations you could lose out on the money when you find you have broken the rules.

If you want to invest in the best conservatories Oxfordshire has to offer, Regal Homemaker is waiting to make your dream a reality. If you are worried about what work you can have done for the amount of money in your budget, we can talk you through a range of possibilities.