As of September 2021, the rules regarding planning permission for rooflights in the UK were as follows:
In most cases, adding rooflights to your property would fall under “Permitted Development Rights” in the UK. Permitted Development Rights allow homeowners to make certain types of alterations to their properties without the need for planning permission. However, there are limitations and conditions that must be met in order for rooflights to be considered permitted development:
- Size and Placement: The rooflights must not project more than 150mm (about 6 inches) from the plane of the roof slope. They should also not be higher than the highest part of the roof, and if they’re on the side elevation of the roof, they should not be higher than the highest part of the roof’s side elevation.
- Material Alterations: If your property is in a designated area, such as a conservation area or a national park, or if it’s a listed building, you might have more restrictions on what alterations you can make without planning permission. In these cases, it’s advisable to consult with your local planning authority.
- Visible from the Highway: Rooflights should not be installed so that they are visible from the highway (this typically refers to roads and streets).
- Roof Extensions: If you’re planning to install rooflights as part of a larger roof extension or conversion, there are specific rules and limitations that apply. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the relevant guidelines.
- Flats and Maisonettes: Different rules apply to flats and maisonettes, and there might be additional restrictions.
Do rooflights require planning permission?
Keep in mind that planning rules and regulations can change, so it’s always best to check with your local planning authority or a professional architect to ensure you have the most up-to-date and accurate information for your specific situation. If you’re unsure whether your planned rooflight installation requires planning permission, it’s a good idea to seek guidance from your local planning department or a qualified professional.
For the most current and accurate information, I recommend visiting the official website of the UK Government’s Planning Portal or contacting your local planning authority directly.
Remember you can always give us a call. At HITECH rooflights we are more than happy to advise you on your next best steps.