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Planning Permission

Planning permission isn’t always needed when incorporating a conservatory into your property. However, if your plans do require this permission, FineLine will be able to send an experienced and trained architect to your property to gather all the necessary details that the council requires. Using FineLine if you require planning permission can have a number of benefits, and can save you both time and hassle in the long run. You will receive detailed copies of plans and drawings that are used for submission and will always be kept up-to-date with information about how the project is developing. No longer will you have to sit around and wonder whether your application is being progressed or not – we will keep in regular contact and ensure that you are kept informed at all times.

Examples of when you won’t need planning permission to build your conservatory

A representative from FineLine will be sent to your home when we design and plan your conservatory and will carry out a full inspection to determine whether you will need planning permission to install the structure on your property. They will then inform you of the next steps to take and will work with you to collect all the information that will be required by the council to grant permission. However, there are a number of situations when planning permission is not required at all. For example:

  • If you live in a semi-detached or terraced building, and your conservatory does not exceed 3 metres from the back house wall of your property (the original wall), then you may not require planning permission.
  • In addition, if you live in a detached property, but the planned conservatory will not exceed 4 metres from the back house wall of your property (the original wall), then you may not require planning permission.

Other situations where you may not require planning permission if you are thinking of installing a conservatory onto your property include:

  • Permitted Development Rights, also known as PDR, haven’t been removed from your home.
  • Your home is not situated or listed in a conservation area.
  • The conservatory will be sited at ground level.
  • The conservatory will be separated from the rest of your property by a door on a permanent basis.

Building regulations

Our representative will determine whether your project will require planning permission, as well as assessing whether the conservatory is fully approved and meets all building regulations. These regulations may be required in the following situations:

  • Your conservatory doesn’t have a translucent roof (the roof needs to be at least 70% translucent).
  • Your conservatory doesn’t have glass coverage on walls that have been newly constructed (walls need to have at least 50% glass coverage).
  • Your conservatory has an internal floor area that exceeds 30 square metres.
  • The conservatory will NOT be sited at ground level.
  • There will be no physical barrier between the conservatory and the main house in the way of doors.

Contact us

For more information on how we can help you throughout the conservatory planning process, contact us today on 01473 467181 for more information and speak to one our friendly members of staff.

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