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Exempt works

Planning permission and building regulation approval are separate requirements and building regulation approval may be required even if planning permission is not. Please contact our Building Control Team if you are unsure.

The following are all categories of exempt work with explanations of the rules of exemption.

Conservatory

A conservatory is exempt if it is mostly constructed of translucent material, its floor area does not exceed 30m², there is an external grade door between the conservatory and the house and safety glass is used in critical areas.

Garage

A garage is exempt if it is not connected to the dwelling, its floor area does not exceed 30m², it must be 1m from the boundary or made of substantially incombustible material and safety glass is used in critical areas.

Porch

A porch is exempt if its floor area does not exceed 30m², there is an external grade door between the porch and the house and safety glass is used in critical areas.

Carport

A carport is exempt if it is open on at least two sides (doors do not count as openings) and its floor area does not exceed 30m².

Covered way/yard

A covered way/yard is exempt if it is attached to the dwelling and its floor area does not exceed 30m².

Detached building (shed etc.)

A detached building is exempt if it has no sleeping accommodation and its floor area does not exceed 15m².