Guide to Conservatory Building Regulations
Conservatory building regulations are useful to know. If you want to expand your home, then your new space will need to meet these rules. While they can be frustrating and they can feel restrictive, following them is essential. If you don’t, you may need to apply for full planning permission or – worse – you’ll be building illegally.
Once you know the rules, though, you’ll realise that you still get plenty of room to play with. Regulations such as party wall agreements, the neighbour consultation scheme, and planning permission offer a fair bit of space for you to play with. As a result, the biggest factors limiting your new design is the land you have to build on and the scope of your imagination.
You can even turn conservatory building regulations into something that helps rather than hinders you. For example, you can design your space around the limits, finding unique ways to make your new room feel even bigger. You could opt for more glazing, sliding and bi-fold doors, or even roof lanterns to give the impression of endless space.
When you work with the right conservatory installers, you won’t have to worry about the building regulations. Your expert team will design the new build with you, work around the building regulations, and ensure you meet them. You don’t have to meet them either – if you’d like to build a larger conservatory, then you can still go through the planning permission process.
If you get your new conservatory through Conservatory Prices UK, meeting building regulations is simple. You can find local installers who know the rules inside and out in seconds. From there, you can get a quote for a high-quality space designed bespoke for your home that suits your needs, your budget and the rules as well.
What Conservatory Building Regulations Are There?
Conservatory building regulations don’t only affect the size of the space you can build. In most cases, they concern the quality. Much like windows and doors, your new build will have to meet certain standards. For example, there are rules on the structural integrity of the build and the quality of certain parts like the glazing or the roof.
What makes conservatory building regulations unique, though, is that they sometimes don’t apply. If you create a space at ground level that’s less than 30 square metres in floor area, separated from your home by doors or windows and where the parts inside the build already meet the rules, your space could be exempt.
As a result, you can avoid meeting those rules by keeping your designs under certain conditions. Regulations like these aren’t too restrictive, either. Most conservatories are around this area, meaning that you won’t build a dinky new room. Not only that, most conservatories come with connecting doors that give you the separation you need.
Because of this, the main building regulations that concern these spaces are planning permission rules. Planning permission isn’t about the quality of your build as much – they deal with its appearance. But, while a fair few builds meet these rules quite easily, some designs are more likely to fall foul of the regulations. As a result, it’s best to check how your ideas fit in with the rules.
Does My Conservatory Meet Building Regulations?
If you’ve been planning a new conservatory, it’s essential to check if it meets building regulations. Firstly, you should ensure that every part of your build qualifies or the design is exempt. As long as you have thermally efficient double glazing, durable profiles and high-quality doors and roofing, you should have no issue meeting these rules.
From there, planning permission becomes the main factor. However, that can be slightly patchy. For example, you may want to extend your home towards a boundary – but this is often much trickier, as this will affect the sightlines people have from other homes. If you have limited land around your home, then you might be limited as well: you can only use half the land around it to build your new space.
Another point to consider is whether your current home has been extended before. Due to a quirk in planning permission law, your property is considered the ‘original house’ – which is the house as it stood on the 1st of July, 1948. As a result, extensions that have occurred since then can limit the amount of room you have to add your new conservatory in.
Finally, it pays to be good friends with your neighbours if you want to build a conservatory. If you’d like to build up to your neighbour’s wall, then you can – so long as you have a party wall agreement. It’s a contract both you and your neighbour sign consenting to the build, and it gives you protection and peace of mind.
How Do I Meet Conservatory Building Regulations?
Meeting conservatory building regulations on your own can be tricky. For a start, you’ll need to make sure your build meets quality standards. From there, you’ll have to design the space around the planning permission rules. But that isn’t all you may have to do to get your new conservatory off of the ground. You might want to build your conservatory on weak, damp soil which won’t support it.
As a result, you might need sturdier foundations, or you may not be able to build on the land at all. Not only that, you could run into problems if you break ground without a detailed technical survey. Drain pipes and other surprises could lie in wait, creating huge delays and problems if something goes wrong.
However, with Conservatory Prices UK, you can get a quote from installers who know how to meet building regulations. Once you meet with them and agree on a quote, they’ll help you design your space around all the rules. Not only that, they’ll provide detailed advice on planning permission, and they can carry out technical surveys for you as well.
If you want to build a space that doesn’t fit the rules, then the installers in our network can help you there as well. Your friendly experts will advise you on the best ways to apply for planning permission, and they’ll even help you through the Neighbour Consultation Scheme, a 21-day period where anybody your new space would affect can come forward and object.
Meet Conservatory Building Regulations With Ease
It pays to get your new conservatory through Conservatory Prices UK. You can save money on the build and, in the long run, with market-leading designs from local installers you can trust. You can save time with shorter waits than you’d get with the big brands. And, with friendly, expert advice at every step of the way, you can make your conservatory compliant with building regulations without the hassle.
By searching for local companies through us, you can make finding an installer much quicker as well. It takes minutes to find several near you, allowing you to compare their products and offers. As a result, you’ll get a much better deal on your new conservatory. Many of our installers are also Checkatrade and Which? members for your peace of mind.
You can find out more about conservatory building regulations by getting in touch with our friendly team today. Fill in our online contact form to start the journey to your new space, or call 0800 124 4307 to ask us any questions. We look forward to hearing from you today at Conservatory Prices UK!