Building a Conservatory
Building a Conservatory with A&J Building services can be a great addition to your home.
They allow you to appreciate your garden in the warmer weather, and modern conservatories are also lovely and cosy during the winter months. Before you proceed with any building work, it’s important to look at the legal implications, especially with regards to necessary planning permission.
Will a Conservatory Need Planning Permission?
Within Scotland, not all conservatories need planning permission. There are general conditions that set out in which circumstances planning permission is not required. However, you should always check through the local planning office if you’re unsure. Otherwise you could be forced to put the property back to its original state at your own expense.
If a conservatory is not in front of a property’s front elevation, which is the section facing the road, or the side elevation if this is towards a road, then it will generally not require planning permission. This is also the case for terraced or semi-detached homes if the addition doesn’t take up over 16 square metres or 10% of the property’s original floor space, if this is greater. Whichever factor is the highest, the conservatory cannot cover more than 30 square metres. With a detached property the dimensions are a maximum of 24 square metres or 20% of the original floor space, whichever is the highest, to a limit of 30 square metres.
These conditions apply to properties in Scotland, as long as they are not an apartment or flat, you don’t live in a conservation zone and it’s not a listed property. Any amendments to houses within conservation areas or where the property is listed will have different regulations that need to be abided by.
Even for circumstances where no planning permission is needed, you can get a Certificate of Lawfulness from your planning office. This states that planning permission was not required and could be helpful when selling the property if any queries are raised about the conservatory.
What to Do If Planning Permission Is Required
If you do need to apply for planning permission for your conservatory, then there is certain information that the planning office will require from you before your application can proceed. This includes a description of the property, along with details of the property owner and applicant. They will want to see a location and site plan, as well as any existing and proposed elevations and floor plans. You will also have to provide details of the materials to be used and the proposed colours. For some properties there will be additional information required.
Once you have provided all the information and paid the necessary fee, your application should take around six to eight weeks.
Many property owners have become less cautious about starting building work before they understand the true ramifications. Whether or not you require planning permission, it’s always important to check the situation first before you start work.