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Do You Need Planning Permission For A Solid Roof?

This needs to be determined well before our team of roof fitters turn up at your house to remove your existing conservatory roof and put a solid roof in its place.

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Whether you meaningfully or unknowingly fail to obtain planning permission for a solid roof when it’s required, a planning breach could see you be made to submit a retrospective application.

This may not necessarily be accepted, which could leave you in a real emotional and financial pickle.

You can avert this nightmare scenario by knowing what’s what when it comes to planning permission for solid roofs…


  • Building Regulatory Approval must be sought if you are looking to exchange a traditional glass or polycarbonate translucent roof for a solid roofing system.


  • To improve your chances of being granted with Building Regulatory Approval, it may aid your cause when you select an approved solid roof, like the UltraRoof, which local authorities have deemed to be a safe and suitable building product. For compliance reasons, a Building Control Officer has the power to insist that you modify the solid roof and incorporate roof and trickle vents into it so that it offers enough ventilation.  


  • When changing a glass roof for a solid roof, it results in a so-called “change of use” as the formerly temporary extension will become a permanent extension. In these circumstances, planning permission is normally required.


  • Can you remember if you needed planning approval to have the conservatory built in the first place? If you did and it has a translucent roof, you will need planning permission and must submit a full building regulations application.


  • Are you also able to recall if the conservatory was classified as being a ‘Permitted Development’? When you have Permitted Development Rights, you’re allowed to extend a house without applying for planning permission if specific limitations and conditions are met. Fitting a solid roof may remove those Permitted Development Rights and see you needing to apply for planning permission.


This might all come across as gobbledygook to you. If it does, plenty of help is at hand.

Make contact with your local authority building control team via the LABC website and they will be able to give you the advice and support you need to ensure your solid roof installation doesn’t break any rules.

As a well-established solid roof supplier, Eden Windows can also offer insightful guidance.

Our solid roof range can be explored here.




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