Planning for conservatories, garages and lofts
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Last updated on 16/10/2019

The following Planning practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Planning for conservatories, garages and lofts
  • Legislation and guidance
  • ‘Dwellinghouse’
  • Article 4 Directions
  • Listed building consent
  • ‘Article 2(3) land’ / ‘Article 1(5) land’
  • England ‘Article 2(3) land’
  • Wales ‘Article 1(5) land’
  • Conservatories
  • Planning permission—England
  • More...

Planning for conservatories, garages and lofts

Many small domestic extensions to dwellinghouses benefit from permitted development rights and do not require planning permission if they meet specific criteria.

Legislation and guidance

Permitted development rights for development within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse, which includes conservatories, garages and lofts, are set out in:

  1. Schedule 2, Part 1 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, SI 2015/596 (in England) (the England GPDO), and

  2. Schedule 2, Part 1 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, SI 1995/418 (in Wales) (the Wales GPDO)

The Planning Portal in England and Wales contains guidance on permitted development rights for conservatories, garages and lofts—the relevant links are set out in each category below.

The government in England and Wales have also published guidance on householder permitted development rights, which includes conservatories, garages and lofts.

‘Dwellinghouse’

The permitted development rights set out in this Practice Note apply to ‘dwellinghouses’. This is defined in article 2 of the England and Wales GPDO as:

‘“dwellinghouse”, except in Part 3 of Schedule 2 to this Order (changes of use), does not include a building containing one or more flats, or a flat contained within such a building’.

Therefore, flats and maisonettes are excluded from such rights.

Article 4 Directions

Local planning authorities (LPAs) can issue 'Article 4 Directions', which effectively remove permitted development rights, thereby requiring a

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Key definition:
Permitted development definition
What does Permitted development mean?

Permission to carry out certain development without the need to make an application to the local planning authority for planning permission, as permission is granted by development order (SI 2015/596 in England and SI 1995/418 in Wales). Permitted development rights are subject to strict exceptions, limitations and conditions.

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