Adding a conservatory to your property is usually a simple process that in most cases does not require planning permission. But there are a few exceptions! If you’re wondering whether you’ll need planning consent and how to go about getting it, we have all the information you need to get started. If you’re beginning to think about building a conservatory, read our useful guide to planning permission for conservatories.
Do I really need it?
Very possibly not. The Government’s Planning Portal website (with information relevant to properties in England) lists the conditions you’ll need to meet in order to build your conservatory without applying for planning permission. In short, as long as your conservatory does not exceed the size limits or take up too much space within your grounds, you have a good chance of being able to skip the planning application. It is important to be sure about this, however; do check the guidance very carefully, so that you don’t get caught out at a later stage.
If you’re not sure if your proposed conservatory counts as a permitted development, or you’re building your conservatory outside England, don’t leave it to chance – contact your local planning authority in England or Wales to ask advice. Note that Scotland and Northern Ireland have different planning regulations, so be sure to check with the appropriate authorities.
The application process
If you find that your conservatory does require planning consent, it’s important to start the process as soon as possible in order to minimise delays, as planning permission for conservatories must be in place before the installation can begin. The process can take up to eight weeks from your initial application. The information below refers to the process for gaining planning consent in England:
- Get your plans in place. For any home extensions, you’ll need plans of the site and other relevant supporting documentation. So, ensure that you have decided upon the style of conservatory, where it will go and how large it will be. Your conservatory fitters will be able to help you with this.
- Talk to your neighbours. In some cases, when building a larger extension, it is mandatory to notify your neighbours under the Neighbour Consultation Scheme – but in any case, it’s good manners to let them know of your intentions at the outset, so that any issues can be raised and discussed.
- Submit your planning application. This can be done online through the Planning Portal website. You’ll probably be applying for Householder planning consent, if you’re building your conservatory in the grounds of a single house.
How much will it cost?
The process will incur planning fees, so it’s important to budget for these. Householder planning consent in England currently costs £172, but you may have additional fees to pay depending on what consent you require for your conservatory. The Planning Portal’s Fee Calculator will help you calculate the costs.
Here are some links that you’ll need when researching and applying for planning permission for conservatories:
- The Planning Portal in England. This contains essential information on all aspects of planning, and online forms so that you can submit your planning application.
- Information from the Law and Your Environment website
- Welsh Government information
- Information for those living in Scotland
- Planning Portal for Northern Ireland