Building Regulations - the facts...

To ensure that your plans meet Building Regulations, check out our top tips below. All authorities vary from area to area, so be sure to contact your local Building Planning Department. Here at Elegant we can take all the complications out of Building Regulations, contact us for more details.

  1. No more than half the area of land around the "original house" would be covered by additions or other buildings.
  2. No extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway.
  3. No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
  4. Maximum depth of a single-storey rear extension of three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house.
  5. Maximum depth of a single-storey rear extension of three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house.
  6. Maximum depth of a rear extension of more than one storey of three metres including ground floor.
  7. Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres.
  8. Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house.
  9. Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house.
  10. Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house.
  11. No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  12. On designated land no permitted development for rear extensions of more than one storey; no cladding of the exterior; no side extensions.
  13. Where work is proposed to a listed building, listed building consent may be required. * The term "original house" means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so.

* Designated land includes National Parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Conservation Areas and World Heritage Sites.

Building regulations Conservatories are normally exempt from building regulations when:

  1. They are built at ground level and are less than 30 square metres in floor area.
  2. The conservatory is separated from the house by external quality door(s).
  3. Glazing and any fixed electrical installations comply with the applicable building regulations requirements.

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