One question we’re often asked is whether, if you replace the windows in your home, you should apply for planning permission first.
The short answer, in most cases, is no. (Equally, planning permission isn’t necessary for minor improvements, maintenance and repairs.)
If you’re replacing your windows or doors with models which look similar to those fitted when the house was originally built, you won’t need planning permission.
But bear in mind that if you fit a new bay window, this will be considered as an extension, so you may need to apply for relevant permission.
Any windows installed in an upper-floor side elevation must have an obscure glazing and either be non-opening or situated at least 1.7m above ground level.
You’re usually fine without permission when installing new roof lights or skylights, as long as these don’t stick out further than 150mm beyond the plane of the roof slope.
They should also be no higher than the highest part of the roof, while any in a side-elevation roof slope must follow the same rules listed above in terms of being non-opening and no more than 1.7m above ground level.
If your local authority has made an Article 4 Direction, this withdraws permitted development rights, a national grant of planning permission which allows certain building works and changes of use without planning permission. In such cases, you will need to apply.
Finally, if you’re lucky enough to live in a listed building, you’ll need listed building consent for any significant internal or external works. And long-term leaseholders should always approach their landlord or management company in the first instance.
When it comes to planning permission, we’ve seen it all before and are well placed to advise. Talk to us today.