Do I need planning permission for a conservatory with a radiator?
A conservatory DOESN'T need planning permission for a standalone radiator, but it DOES need building regulations if the heating system is connected to the rest of the house.
To ensure that your conservatory is classed as a conservatory and doesn't need building regulations, it must have a heating system independent to the house. This is defined by having separate heating controls in the conservatory, for example, a standalone electric radiator.
Do you need planning permission for a conservatory in Scotland?
In Scotland, you DON'T need planning permission for a conservatory if it falls within permitted development. This guide refers to planning rules for England only, so we recommend checking the permitted development rules for Scotland here.
In Scotland, a building warrant is a similar approval process to building regulations in England and Wales.
The rules for an exemption to a Scottish building warrant for a conservatory are as follows:
- Smaller than eight metres squared
- Located at the rear of the property
- At the side of a property, not facing a road
- No less than one metre away from any boundary
- Does not contain a chimney or flue, or any bathroom plumbing (i.e. no showers or toilets)
If you're thinking about building a conservatory in Scotland, we recommend you read the latest handbook for building regulations here. Or, you can speak to our planning experts and we can help you plan and navigate any building warranties for your conservatory.