Do You Need Planning Permission for New Windows and Doors?

12 March 2024

Are you looking to upgrade your home with new windows and doors but are unsure if you need permission to do so? Unfortunately, the rules and regulations regarding planning permissions for home improvements can be unclear.

This article aims to clear up some of the confusion around if you need planning permissions for your home improvement projects, including for new windows and doors. Get in touch with our team of experts for more information on the planning permissions you need for your new windows and doors projects, and a quote for your home improvement needs.

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For general maintenance of your windows and doors, such as repainting or replacing window or door glazing, you should not need planning permission. This style of home upgrade is acceptable under Permitted Development rights, so you can keep your windows and doors looking new and fresh without the concern of needing planning permission.

If you are looking to upgrade your home entirely with new windows and doors, you may need to apply for planning permission.

If you’re planning to install new windows and doors that are similar in appearance to those already used in the construction of your house, you typically won’t need planning permission. This means you can replace your existing windows with like-for-like windows without the need for planning permission.

However, if you’re looking to add a new bow or bay window, this would be treated as a small extension and, therefore, may require permission. Although this may not be necessary depending on the location of the new bow or bay window, such as if it is situated on the side or back of a property, however, it is best practice to contact the appropriate local authorities who will be able to expand further of which bay windows are under PD rights, and which aren’t. It is almost guaranteed that any bow or bay windows added to the front of a property or that look drastically different to the existing windows will need planning permission.

There may also need to be planning permission for properties looking to install new windows that have a different opening configuration to the windows that currently exist in the home. Each decision on planning permission is subjective, so even if you are looking to upgrade to new windows which look the same, have the same colour scheme and are made of similar materials, it may be worthwhile consulting your local governing authority for more information prior to taking any further steps.

Other considerations when looking to upgrade your home include whether it is located in a designated area for conservation. If your house is located in a designated area such as a conservation area, national park, or area of outstanding natural beauty, there may be additional restrictions in place. It’s always a good idea to check with your local planning authority before carrying out any work to ensure compliance with regulations.

This is also relevant for listed buildings. If your property is a listed building, you may need to apply for listed building consent or consult with your local planning authority for specific requirements. It is a criminal offence not to apply and receive approval for listed building consent prior to carrying out work on a listed home or building.

It’s important to note that while planning permission may not be required, you still need to comply with building regulations for windows. Building regulations ensure that windows meet specific standards for safety, energy efficiency, and ventilation. For example, rooms with high steam production, such as kitchens and bathrooms, may require mechanical fans or window ventilation.

Doors are also similar in regard to planning permission. If you are looking to replace your front door with a like-for-like model or just maintain the appearance with a fresh paint job, this should fall under the PD rights. However, if you are looking to move your front door, you will need to seek planning permission prior to this. If you are looking to replace or add bifold, patio or french doors to your property, you should not need planning permission for this, unless it is facing a road. However, you do need building regulations permissions. This is necessary for any door upgrades you are planning, including any slimline doors you are adding to your home.

Any door upgrade to listed buildings or those in conservation areas will need planning permission, so speak to your local authority to find out more.

Please ensure you consult your local planning authority to determine if planning permission is needed for the home improvement project you have planned for your property.

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