There’s quite a few home improvements that don’t require local authority consent – unless you’re renovating a listed building or working in a national park / area of outstanding natural beauty.
Sometimes certain renovations must meet Building Regulations so it's best to check before you get started.
Here's a list of our top eight installations that don't always require planning permission.
Garages can generally be built in your garden or on the land around your house, without the need for planning permission.
However Building Regulations approval is needed for the construction of a garage attached to an existing home, as well as converting a garage into habitable use. Read more here.
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Conservatories fall under the same restriction as single storey extensions. They tend to be modest in size and therefore, planning permission isn’t needed. You must check that you meet Building Regulations and certain planning conditions, including:
See the full list of limits and conditions that apply to conservatories here.
Create more useable space in a house with a loft conversion.
If you’re simply converting it to living spaces then planning permission is not needed.
If you’re extending the roof space, then planning permission does apply.
Please check your local authority for guidelines.
Roof windows are great for letting natural light flood a room and can really help a space feel warmer and brighter.
You don’t need planning permission to install roof windows if:
Building Regulations do apply though, so check these out here.
If you’re renovating a house then any repairs, maintenance or minor improvements you make to the windows and door frames, don’t require planning permission.
The same goes for the insertion of new windows and doors, as long as the appearance of the house isn’t materially altered as a result of the change.
The only time where you might require planning permission is if you’re inserting a new bay window, as this is treated as an extension.
Reduce carbon footprint with the installation of roof-mounted solar panels.
Thankfully, planning permission is not needed as it falls under Permitted Development, although there are important limits and conditions that must be met. However, Building Regulations approval might be needed so make sure you check this out before you start.
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You can build a porch on the front of a property as it falls under permitted development. However, planning permission applies if: