Do you need building regulations for a conservatory?
Glazed structures are exempt from building regulations if they are deemed a 'conservatory' by falling within the following guidelines:
- Not more than 30 square metres measured in floor area
- Built at ground level
- Separated from the house by an external wall or windows
- A heating system that is independent to the house with a control to turn on and off
- Glazing and any fixed electrical installation comply with the relevant building regulations
For an open-plan style modern conservatory building regulations approval is required. To get this, you'll have to prove that your conservatory space is as energy efficient as the rest of the house.
You should also note that building regulation approval is required on any glazing replacement work. If you use an installer registered with a competent person scheme (such as Everest) then the work will automatically have approval. The installer will give you a certificate on completion of the work to say all work meets standards.
Part F building regulations and conservatories
Prompted by climate change, additions to building regulations come into effect in June 2022. Part F will affect glazed structures that are not deemed 'conservatories' as outlined above.
If your structure is exempt, the new Part O and Part F regulations do not apply.
As part of a drive towards reducing emissions, the regulations are intended to reduce overheating in houses by limiting unwanted solar gains in summer and providing adequate means of removing excess heat from a building.
New conservatories over 30 square metres may require background ventilators fitted to windows, or purge ventilation: window openers subject to minimum opening areas, or a mechanical extractor system.
Note, any extraction system used must meet performance standards set out in the Part F document.
Please consult the documentation of Part F for full guidelines.
To change a conservatory roof from glass to tile would change the nature of the structure from a conservatory to a single-storey extension. If the extension meets all the requirements for permitted development, it DOESN'T need planning permission. But, as the structure is no longer deemed under the exemption of a 'conservatory' it DOES need to meet relevant building regulations.