October 1 2008 saw planning rules for potential conservatory owners take a positive step forward.

New Government rules state that a conservatory added to your home could be considered to be permitted development - in other words planning permission is not needed in many cases.

We can assist in working out whether you require planning when we come to measure up your conservatory and for a fee we can even submit planning applications to the Local Authority on your behalf, building this in to the price of the conservatory.

Do I need planning permission?

Do I need Building Regulation approval?

To help you understand these issues we detail below some of the \\\"conditions\\\" attached to planning permission and building regulations. (These apply to England/Wales only) Scottish, Northern Ireland, Eire and North American regulations are quite different - You should in all instances take local advice. For information on the rules for Scotland click here.

PLANNING PERMISSION

In England and Wales you will not usually require planning permission, provided you do not exceed the permitted development limit for your property (which is 50-70 cubic metres, depending on where you live). Notable exceptions to the above are listed buildings and conservation areas. Please note that if your property has been extended in the past - you will have used up some or perhaps all of your \\\"permitted development\\\" area and may need permission. Its also worth noting that occasionally \\\"permitted development\\\" rights may be withdrawn from a property and any extension however small needs planning. If in doubt check.

BUILDING REGULATIONS

Generally speaking conservatories/sunrooms on residential property are exempted under Building Regulations.

Below are some of the Exemption Criteria - under the Building Regulations 1991 (as amended). These criteria must be met for a conservatory extension to be classified as exempt: