Conservatory Building Regulations
Conservatory Building Regulations will generally apply if you want to build an extension to your home.
However, conservatories are normally exempt when they meet a number of conditions:
- They are built at ground level and are less than 30 square metres in floor area.
- At least half of the new wall and three quarters of the roof is either glazed or a translucent material.
- The conservatory is separated from the house by external quality door(s).
- Glazing and any fixed electrical installations comply with the applicable building regulations requirements (see below).
You are advised not to construct conservatories where they will restrict ladder access to windows serving rooms in roof or loft conversions, particularly if any of the windows are intended to help escape or rescue if there is a fire.
Any new structural opening between the conservatory and the existing house will require building regulations approval, even if the conservatory itself is an exempt structure.
Conservatory Building Regulations Update: It should be noted that there has been discussion about making all conservatories subject to building regulations, and it could be that in the near future all conservatory building projects will be subject to specific conservatory building regulations.
Always check current building regulations and requirements with your local authority.
If Conservatory Building Regulations Consent is required, what conservatory building regulations apply?