DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION FOR A HOUSE EXTENSION?
If you’re thinking about extending your home’s living space, or even thinking about thinking about extending your home, you’re probably wondering about planning permission. Planning permission can certainly be a bit of a minefield, but fortunately for you, we’re here to help clear things up and make it that much easier to extend your home!
WHAT IS PLANNING PERMISSION?
Planning permission is essentially a set of building regulations to ensure that your planned construction meets current UK essential criteria for a safe and suitable development. Planning permission is the approval that you may need before construction can begin.
The building regulations cover things like thermal efficiency, damp proofing, ventilation and fire safety – all things that make your new home extension a pleasant and livable space!
But not all projects require planning permission, so it’s important to determine if you do or do not need it for your next home improvements project!
WHAT PROJECTS NEED PLANNING PERMISSION?
Some building projects won’t need planning permission as they are covered under “permitted development rights”.
When it comes to house extensions, many of them will not need planning permission (yay!), but some types will. One key determining factor depends on how you intend to use the space – if you’re planning to use it as a bedroom, kitchen or living room, you probably will need to get planning permission. If it’s going to be a different kind of space, like a study, conservatory, orangery, or a home gym, you might not, but there are still a few more criteria to consider.
Your new extension must meet the following criteria:
- The structure can’t take up more than half of the land your home sits on.
- It can’t include a veranda or balcony.
- If your home faces onto a highway, you can’t add the extension to the front or side of your house.
- Single story extensions must be equal to or less than four metres tall.
There are other rules too, and they can vary from area to area, so it’s worth checking things out on your local authority’s website. If you’re still unsure, give our team a ring, and we’ll be able to point you in the right direction.
WHAT IF I LIVE IN A CONSERVATION AREA?
There are a whole different set of rules for conservation areas, unfortunately, but you are more likely to be aware of some of the rules already!
Living in a conservation area is great because you’re living in a beautiful and protected area. However, that does mean you have a responsibility to ensure that your property preserves the appearance of the local area, which means that your local authority will have different requirements when it comes to planning permission for extensions. No two conservation areas are the same, and neither are two local authorities, so your local authority should be the first port of call for conservation area home extensions.
STILL STUCK ON PLANNING PERMISSION?
If you just can’t wrap your head around the planning permission, we totally understand! Give us a call on 03333 44 77 97, and we’ll be happy to help you find the information you need, specific to your area.