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Do I Need Planning Permission To Add A Louvered Roof To My Property?

This is a question the Aspiration Blinds team get asked all the time. Adding a louvered roof to your property is a great way to maximise your outdoor space, whilst enabling you to use your outside for more of the year, come rain or shine.

In most cases, thankfully you won’t need planning permission. Most louvered roofs will fall under the permitted development requirements and you’ll be able to get your installation completed without the need for copious amounts of red-tape and additional planning permission.

You’ll notice we said “most” of the time though. There are some occasions where planning permission will be necessary to safely and legally carry out the addition of a louvered roof.

Here’s a helpful list we’ve put together detailing the top 5 most common reasons for needing planning permission to add a louvered roof to your building:

1. If you’re installing a freestanding, louvered, roof. Technically, installing a freestanding louvered roof in your garden would be classed as building an outbuilding so extra planning could be required. You’ll also need to factor in where it lies within your land boundary too – if it’s within 2 metres, there will be a height limit of 2.5 metres (with anything above that needing extra planning).

2. Regardless of whether you’re installing a freestanding or an attached louvered roof, you need to ensure it doesn’t take up more than 50% of the property’s original land. It’s important to note that also factors in any other outbuildings you might have. If it’s going to go over 50%, planning will be required.

3. If your louvered roof is using your main property as part of its structure. This would mean your louvered roof would be classed as an extension to your building. You’ll need additional planning if your louvered roof will exceed a maximum depth limit of either 4 metres (if your building is detached) or 3 metres (if your building is semi-detached or terrace/mews).

4. Sticking with louvered roofs that are attached to your property, if the louvered roof is within 2 metres of your land boundary, you’ll need its maximum height to be kept to 3 metres or under. Anything taller than this? You guessed it, you’ll need planning permission!

5. If land within the boundary of your property falls under conservation, green belt or an area of outstanding natural beauty, you’ll almost certainly need to gain planning permission to add a louvered roof, whether freestanding or attached. In addition to planning for size and building, you might also need to adhere to special arrangements regarding things such as colour and finish.

Do You Want More Information About Our Louvered Roof Solutions?

Whether you need to clarify any of the above points surrounding planning permission, or you’re ready to get our designers in to help implement the perfect louvered roofing system for your property, our friendly team are here to help. Contact us today on 01204 301751 for an exploratory chat.

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