Everything You Need To Know About Building Regulations In North Yorkshire

The spring season is a very popular time for conservatory and orangery installations as homeowners look to introduce a stylish new home setting in time for summer.

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Any aspiring home extension owner must have awareness of building regulations before they proceed with an installation so that they don’t flout the rules.  

Home improvement specialists like Orion Windows will address building regulations in any initial conservation we have with customers as the last thing we want is for them to be instructed to alter or knock down their new extension after it’s been built – believe us it does happen if you ignore building regulations purposely or innocuously.

The first thing that needs to be clarified is if the proposed home extension satisfies North Yorkshire building regulations

  • At ground level and not exceed 30m2 floor area.
  • Glazed to satisfy the requirements of Approved Document K of Schedule 1.
  • Physically separated internally from the building it is attached to, for example, by a door.
  • Without sanitary appliances.
  • Not intended for year round habitable use.
  • Used to some extent for the propagation of plants.

If the bullet points above are all adhered to then the extension does indeed comply with building regulations.

For official confirmation that this is the case, get in contact with your local authority and ask for an Exempt Buildings Form. Outline the plans on this form before returning it to them. They will assess it and come back to you with written confirmation of their decision. If they give you the green light you should store the written confirmation somewhere safe as you can present it to the next occupier of your home if you ever decide to sell.

Building regulations and planning permission are two completely separate things

Planning permission is something totally different to building regulations and this also needs to be addressed before work commences. If the structure is a ‘permitted development’ planning permission is automatically granted, otherwise you will need to try and obtain it first. Speaking to your local authority is again your best bet.

Hand over responsibility to Orion

Orion Windows is well used to organising all planning permission and building regulations arrangements on behalf of customers – you won’t have to do a thing!

Your only task right now is to get a FREE quote and let your conservatory or orangery buying adventure begin.


We invite you to join us at our showroom in York, to browse our many products in person and speak with our team of advisors and designers about your next home improvement project.


Want to speak with an Advisor? Give us a call on 01904 690881

Our friendly team will be pleased to help with any questions you may have.

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