Need to Know: Permitted Development Rights

Home improvements you probably don't need planning permission for
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If you are thinking of updating your home, there may be one thing niggling at the back of your mind: planning permission.

As experts in home improvement, we have therefore compiled a list of some of the changes that you can make without needing to worry about Building Regulations – those changes that are also called permitted development rights.

Glazed extensions

Whether that be a conservatory or orangery, in most cases the installation will fall under permitted development rights. This is as long as the extension doesn’t cover more than half the area of exterior spaces and it doesn’t extend higher than the highest part of the house roof.

New doors and windows

Luckily for any home that needs a new lease of life, you won’t normally need planning permission for updating your windows and doors. You are therefore able to enhance exterior and interior spaces with the latest products – including state of the art architectural glazing.


In most cases, skylight installations won’t need any additional planning permissions. This is as long as they are considered a “reasonable” size, and the existing roof is strong enough to carry the weight of the new additions.

Things to bear in mind

Although permitted development rights are granted by Parliament, they may not apply to flats, maisonettes and some other buildings. Equally, things may be different if you are working on a commercial property, or if you live in a conservation area.

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Whether you are still confused about permitted development rights, or you simply want to know more about the most suitable way to transform your home, get in touch with our experts today.

We offer a complete design and installation process, and take away any hassle associated with home improvements – and that includes dealing with Building Regulations!


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