Statutory Consent? No Need

Did you know that you can extend, remodel and renovate your home without statutory consent? Yes. It is possible. And guess what? You do not have to contravene the Building Regulations to do improvement projects without approval. Thus, you have a right to “permitted development”.

Let me explain. When you do projects under the auspices of Permitted Development Rights, you do not need to apply for planning permission.

Hence, it is lawful to improve certain sections of your house without seeking statutory consent. Nonetheless, you can consult with your local planning authority if your property lies in Article 4 Direction Area or is just listed.

Let us look at how you can improve your home without council approval.

1. Remodelling Inside

Your proposal for remodelling should not contain the request to extend the general layout of your property. Nonetheless, ensure you comply with the requirements of the Building Regulations, especially for features such as electrical works and structural elements.

Statutory consent may be necessary for interior modelling
Above: Statutory consent may be necessary for interior finishing

2. Relocating Doors and Windows

There is no need to seek planning permission to perform minor maintenance on the doors and windows of your original house. If you sought planning permission before and the authorities stipulated some conditions for you to fulfil, then seek consent.

Otherwise, you are free to double glaze your windows as long as your house is not in the “listed” category. The Building Regulations provide you with guidance on how to fit new windows and to enlarge the existing window.

Bay windows belong to the extension class. Also, ensure that all the windows of the upper floor of a raised side contain glazing of tempered glass whose obscurity level is either 4 or 5. Be sure to fix the obscured glasses into a closed frame as long as you raise the opener to a height of fewer than 1.7 metres above the floor of the room where you inserted the window.

3. Using Outhouses

Garages, sheds and other outbuildings attach themselves to the main house. You do not require planning permission to convert unused spaces in your house. However, the conversion should not increase the general footprint of the residence.

4. Constructing Single-storey Extensions

Statutory consent is not necessary to construct several single-storey extensions. However, your extensions you meet the following requirements:

  • The extension should not occur in front of the principal elevation.
  • Use materials on extensions similar to what you used to make the original house.
  • Do not raise eaves to a height of more than 3 metres if a single-storey extension falls within 2m of any boundary. The height of the eaves should not exceed 4 metres if the extension falls outside the 2m margin.
  • For a detached house, the rear extensions should not be deeper than 4 metres. If the house is terraced or semi-detached, then the extension should not be deeper than 3 metres.
Statutory consent is necessary for single-storey side extension
Above: A single-storey side extension

A side extension should not be wider than 50% of the width of the original house. Article 1 (5) does not permit creating side extensions on a property that lies in a Conservation Area.

5. Changing the Rooflights

You can change your roofs without planning permission. However, do not extend the rooflights beyond the front of the plane of the roof on an elevation facing a highway. Also, they should not extend by more than 0.15m from the gradient of the roof. However, you need planning permission to insert roof lights if your property’s location is Article 4 Direction Area. These areas include the Conservation Areas and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In conclusion, you can improve your home without contravening the Building Regulations and without a planning permit. So long as you meet certain requirements, then you can do some minor maintenance on the doors and windows. You can also convert the unused spaces in outhouses without planning permission.

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