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Orangeries Planning Permission

Planning Permission for Your Cheshire Orangery

Usually, planning permission is not required when installing an orangery, unless the property has already been extended or is a new build property. Single storey extensions including orangeries are usually exempt from planning permission. However, it’s worth reading the following information to understand the regulations surrounding orangeries. Or, if you’re looking to build an orangery and want instant planning permission advice, contact the Crystal Living team today.

Do you need planning permission for orangeries?

Your orangery will be exempt from planning permission if:

  • At least half the wall and 3 quarters of the roof is glazed or made from a translucent material
  • The orangery has an external door separating it from the house
  • The orangery is built at ground level
  • It covers less than 30 square metres in floor area
  • All glazing and electrical installations comply with building regulations
  • The orangery is not closer to a public highway than the original house
  • The orangery has a maximum height of 4 metres
  • The orangery has a maximum depth of 4 metres for detached properties and 3 metres for other styles of house
  • The orangery has no balconies or verandas
  • It covers no more than half the original garden
  • Side extensions do not extend beyond half the width of the house with a maximum height of 4 metres
  • The maximum eaves height of the orangery is within 2 metres of the boundary and 3 metres from the lowest ground level
  • It has no exterior cladding or a fully tiled roof

Local authority planning permission

When extending your property with an orangery, the need for planning permission often depends on the local authority. At Crystal Living we work across Manchester, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester. For local information on planning permission regulations visit the government’s planning portal or get in touch with us. The need for planning permission also varies for different types of property. If you live in a detached property you probably won’t need planning permission. However, if you live in a terraced or semi-detached house, or a flat or maisonette you will need to obtain planning permission to install an orangery.

Building regulations

Complying with building regulations is separate from planning permission. Building regulations ensure that any work carried out on your home is of a good standard and does not breach health and safety requirements. Building regulations approval is required when you want to remove the door or walls linking the orangery to your house, such as in the case of a kitchen orangery extension. You will also need to prove that the orangery is as energy efficient as the rest of the house.

If your orangery is built on or within 3 metres of a public sewer, then you will also need permission from the local water board. Once the work is completed your local building control officer will inspect the orangery to ensure that no damage has been done.

Most orangeries are exempt from building regulations when they are:

  • Under 30 metres squared in floor size
  • Separated from the original property by an external wall or door
  • Built at ground level
  • Not closer than 1 metre to any boundary
  • Fitted with an independent heating system

Orangery Choices

Free planning permission advice

When you choose an orangery with Crystal Living, we will look after any planning permission requirements. Even if your planned orangery does not meet all the above criteria, our team at Crystal Living have the experience and knowledge to give you the best possible advice. We will analyse each individual project, and create a plan designed to give you the best possible solution for your home improvement project.

If planning permission is required, we will complete all necessary applications and contact the local authority on your behalf. We will not start work until full planning permission is granted, giving you peace of mind that your project will be completed to the best possible standard.

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