Changes in building regulations bring good news for conservatory owners

Previously the need for planning permission for a solid conservatory roof meant installers tended not to fit them. Thankfully, recent changes in building regulations now mean that many conservatories can benefit from a solid roof without the need to go through the costly and time consuming planning process. Whether you’re considering your first conservatory or are already enjoying the benefits of an existing conservatory but would like to upgrade, read on to find out how to get the roof you want without needing planning permission.

Separating wall and temperature control

Usually planning permission isn’t needed to install a solid tile roof provided the conservatory has an on/off switch to control temperature, and that all electrical and glazing work is appropriately certified. The conservatory needs to be clearly separated from the main building through the use of exterior grade doors, windows or walling. Also, size matters! Any conservatory that takes up more than thirty square metres of floor space will need planning permission before solid tiling can take place.

Check with a professional whether permission is required

If you’re considering getting the work done it is vital to consult with a suitably experienced professional, as factors such as the conservatory’s position, its height and construction materials can all mean that planning permission must be sought. It’s always better to check than to go ahead, as planning departments can be ruthless if they discover that regulations have not been adhered to and may even demand that the roof is removed!

Have you built a shed?

If you’ve recently erected a new shed, stable building, outhouse or storage facility, you could have inadvertently covered more than 50% of your property’s land with buildings. This means that planning permission for your conservatory’s new roof will be required, even if the original conservatory did not need permission.

A conservatory is a fantastic home improvement to make, providing additional space and significantly increasing the value of your property. A solid tiled roof could enhance this appealing feature even further, enhancing its aesthetic value as well as providing practical benefits such as increased longevity.