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Update: this blog has now been updated, and you can view it here.

Planning Permission is not always required when you’re thinking  of adding  to or altering your house or garden.

Over recent, the red tape wrapped around Planning Permission has been so stretched pulled and twisted you can forgive yourself for not being up to speed with exactly what does or doesn’t require Planning Permission and/or Building Regulation Approval for your home.

The consequences of not having proper Planning Permission can be severe at worst and at best cause considerable delay when you selling your house or flat.

So where can you find out quickly what does an does not need planning permission?

How to Quickly Find Out About Planning Permission

You may like to begin your research by going to a rather snazzy Government website at the Planning Portal.

The Planning Portal is the UK Government's online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.

On the home page you are invited to click on to a rather marvellous interactive tool – the Interactive House

Planning  Portal Interactive House and Terrace

You have two choices of either a detached house or a terrace of houses with a shop thrown in as well.

When you click on Open the Interactive House you get a choice or front or rear and by hovering over a particular part of the house and garden the relevant information regarding planning permission will come alive.

What Planning Permission or Building Regulation is Required for a Roof?

So by clicking on the area of the roof you will be informed that:

You do not normally need to apply for planning permission to re-roof your house or to insert roof lights or skylights as the permitted development rules allow for roof alterations subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • Any alteration to project no more than 150 millimetres from the existing roof plane.
  • No alteration to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
  • Side facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.
  • The permitted development regime for solar panels has different limits on projections and in relation to protected areas.

And what about Building Regulations for a Roof?

Again you can expand the tab which will reveal there are two areas one where the roof is an existing roof or a new roof.

And before you can do anything to the roof watch out for protected species such as bats as further rules apply.

You will also find a helpful link to the new rules regarding the installation of solar panels

Interactive Front View of the House

All in all there are clickable areas on Chimneys; Satellite Dishes, Aerials and Antennae; Roof Windows; External Walls and Fascia; Burglar Alarms; Windows and Doors; Porches; Maintaining Drainpipes; Paving Your Front Garden; Trees and Hedges; Fences, Walls and Gates; Manhole and Drain Covers; Driveways and Hard Standings; Extensions and Additions; CCTV; Fuel Tanks; Sheds and Garages and last but not least Wind Turbines.

Pretty comprehensive, I’d say.

Interactive Rear View of the House

Out of sight but not out of Planning Permission range comes information on Conservatories; Dormer Windows; Maintaining Drain Pipes; Patios and Decking and last and perhaps least for most what planning permissions are required for Air Source Heat Pumps.

How Planning Permissions Affect the Sale of Your House

Selling your home is likely to be a stressful event so by having better information before you decide to do work on your home will be time well spent and help you avoid future delays.

We recommend you take the Planning Portal for a spin before making any planning permission or building regulation applications to your Local Authority.

Paul Hajek

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