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Glass Verandas – Planning permission and the four year rule

In this new series of blogs, we’re starting off with a deeper dive into planning requirements for glass verandas, and what is expected when you undertake improvements to the exterior of your home. 

We know that many people are reluctant to make external home improvements because of a presumed need to get planning permission. 

The great news is, the majority of installations we do for our customers at Eden do not need planning permission and if they do Eden will undertake all the necessary work on your behalf including producing the plans and submitting the application.

As discussed in our previous blog Do glass verandas need planning permission?, glass verandas and open glass rooms mainly fall under permitted developments which allow improvements or extensions to a home without the need to make a planning application. Of course, regulations such as the size of the extension and where it will be built, still need to be considered.

When do you need planning permission?

Planning permission is usually required when the extension to your home impacts upon your neighbours or environment.

It is also required for:

  • listed properties
  • conservation areas
  • large extensions
  • large commercial additions.

Sometimes the need for planning permission may arise during a house purchase or remortgaging.

Glass Verandas - Planning permission and the four year rule

What is the Four Year Rule?

If due diligence has not been done in advance of construction, you may still be responsible for obtaining planning permission even after the build is complete. This means you will have to apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness, or Four Year Rule, which retrospectively grants permission for the development.

If permission has not been given and construction has taken place the local planning authority can, within four years,  ask you to retrospectively apply for planning permission or instruct you to undo the alterations that have been made.

It is always best speaking with your contractor in advance of construction to see what is required.

Get your planning permission with Eden Verandas

At Eden, we’ll check to see if planning permission is required before construction starts. Once we have discussed with you the type of glass veranda or open glass room you’re after, we’ll develop the plans and submit them to the local authority on your behalf.

If you would like to discuss adding a veranda or open glass room to your home, call us for a free, no-obligation chat on 0800 157 1679. You can also email us at info@edenverandas.co.uk to receive our brochure.

See all our glass veranda gallery here and see all of our genuine customer reviews here.