Whenever you are considering making fundamental changes to your home, it is worth finding out whether or not those changes form part of a permitted development or not. Luckily for those people who are thinking of adding a conservatory to their homes, such an addition is normally permitted without the need for planning permission. However it is always wise to check because different sites and buildings have different rules relating to them.

The best way to begin is to consider what you would like to have. Most people add a conservatory to the rear of their property, but some will consider adding it to the side. Think about how big you want it to be and what you can afford. Consider the different sizes and styles and once you have a rough idea of what you want, you can look into whether you will need planning permission or not.

Bear in mind that the planning regulations for England may be different to those for Wales. Make sure you look at the right set of regulations so you will have the right information. And remember that if you are in any doubt at all, it is always best to ask for professional advice.

Planning Permission For Conservatories

Planning permission rules are in place to ensure that people do not build extensions or additions to their home that could be a nuisance or inconvenience to someone else. They also ensure that the land is not overdeveloped in any way.

However some changes are allowed under the guise of permitted developments. Since conservatories are popular additions to a home, the Government has ensured that it is possible to add a conservatory to many different properties without the need for any planning permission to be sought. There are limits to the nature of this permission however, so you must make sure your planned conservatory does not extend beyond these limits. You also need to be sure it does not contravene any conditions that are laid out for this purpose.


You can visit the Planning Portal website to look at the updated rules and regulations in place for this situation.

Do I need planning permission for a conservatory?

For many people the thought of seeking planning permission puts them off the idea of developing their property at all. However conservatories can usually be added – within reason – with no need to seek planning permission. You just need to be sure your conservatory is within the permission that is given for permitted developments.

It’s good to know that you can make the decision to add a new conservatory to your home to improve the way it looks and functions. A conservatory of any style can add considerable space to the home and make it more appealing for anyone who may think about buying it in the future. In fact you will usually find there are more reasons to add a conservatory than to forget about the idea and keep your property as it is.

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