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Can I Replace My Conservatory Roof With A Solid Roof Without Planning Permission?

Your dream of hosting the Christmas dinner in your conservatory this festive season will remain just that, a dream, if your existing roofing system doesn’t insulate the space effectively anymore.

It would be embarrassing and uncomfortable for everyone if you, and your guests, were left shivering around the dinner table when tucking into the turkey.

However, Christmas in your conservatory will be cosy and achievable if you replace your current roof for a new solid roof from Permaframe.

Custom-made for the extension, the addition of an insulating solid roof will make it suitable for all-year-round use. But, before we go ahead and install one for you, you might be conscious of the new roof possibly requiring planning permission.

Planning Permission & Building Regulations Approval

Due to a relaxation of building regulations some years ago, the majority of solid roof installations don’t need planning permission, but they often need building regulations approval, which is something different entirely.

The reason for this is because it needs to be ascertained, via a survey, whether your current windows and doors can handle the weight of a new roof. If not, they will need to be replaced first.

‘Change of Use’

When originally constructed, your conservatory may have been classed as a temporary structure. The fitting of a solid roof will turn it into a permanent structure, sparking a so-called ‘change of use’. In these circumstances, you will need to obtain planning permission.

The conservatory may also have been a Permitted Development at the time of its fitting, but Permitted Development Rights may have since been withdrawn, which again will mean a solid roof needs planning permission.

Head in spin?

Permaframe can have a conversation with your local planning department to find out where you stand with a solid roof installation, and we’ll assist with any paperwork that needs to be done.


For now, have a good read of our Solid Roofs section and find out how our solid replacement roofs will transform your conservatory into the perfect festive setting.  




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