A Guide To Conservatory Building Regulations

Building a conservatory may require various permissions from the local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales. The two types of permission that householders will come across are building regulations and planning permission. This article looks at building regulations.

There are quite a few building regulations involved in constructing a conservatory, and homeowners need to be aware of this. However, if the conservatory is designed in a particular way then formal building regulations may not be required, saving the homeowner time and money.

In most cases conservatories, including sun rooms built on residential property are exempt from needing building regulations. A summary of exemption criteria for residential property according to Building Regulations 1991 include as follows:

  • The extension includes a roof that is completely transparent or translucent.
  • The extension walls are sufficiently glazed, and half of the area consists of windows.
  • The roof must be glazed as well (at least three-quarters of it), with glass, polycarbonate sheets and similar translucent material.
  • The floor area must not exceed 30 square metres.
  • The extension is situated at ground level.
  • It has a door on it that separates it from the rest of the house.
  • A heating system installed must be controllable, meaning it must contain an on and off switch.
  • The glazing requirements match the regulations of the UK, for glass.
  • The extension does not contain a sink, WC (bathroom) or washing machine.

An example of when building regulations are required is if the conservatory contains a kitchen. Usually the local area council can help people plan conservatories of this sort.

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contemporary conservatory designSome tips for building your conservatory can be found on the Internet, no matter what kind of conservatory it is, and whether or not a developer needs a permit. For instance, those building a conservatory may want to remember some flooring tips.

One tip that involves building the flooring of a conservatory is calculation of the floor area. The internal floor area should be calculated before ordered conservatory plans. The usually internal depth usually is 275 mm (10.5 inches) less than the external depth, while the internal width is usually (550 cm) 21 inches less than external width-if the builder uses a cavity wall construction. This measurement should be taken as carefully and accurately as possible for a building to receive the correct plan for the project.

Usually measurement with a few stakes and some string will help. If a builder needs help, especially if they are not a professional, they may want to contact a local potential supplier in the area for help. In addition, the stake-and-string markings should remain in the ground until all supplier quotes are sought. This will help an amateur builder to have the best quality work done for the least amount of money.

Those who do not want to build or plan their own conservatories can receive help from professional conservatory companies and refurbishment experts, as well as architects. The professional conservatory companies or architects are the ones who plan the conservatory project, and the builders are the ones who will construct the conservatory unit.

It is important for those want to add a conservatory to their home or other establishment to choose someone that will know all the rules and regulations involved in building one of these extensions.

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Conservatory Building Regulations