Taken with the idea of extending your home with a beautiful Residence Collection conservatory or orangery? You’re certainly not alone as they’re two of our most demanded products this summer as householders strive to enjoy the weather in a sensational setting. When you decide to commit to buying one everything will be taken care of by one of our trusted installers including the issue of building regulations. Your awareness of building regulations is possibly minimal but our installers have vast knowledge pertaining to the subject and will ensure that the rules in place aren’t broken when overseeing the project. Contravening building regulations can cause all sorts of problems and they won’t let them transpire. It still however remains useful for you to know the guidelines for compliance with 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. We may in some circumstances get in contact with your local authority and ask them to send an Exempt Buildings Form to ensure that your chosen extension fits the necessary criteria. All plans relating to the extension will be detailed on this form before it is sent back to the relevant planning department. On receipt of the form, the planners will scrutinise the plans and conclude whether they’re happy or otherwise for the installation of the extension to go ahead. When they say “yes”, their written confirmation will be passed onto you and you should hold onto it as you may be required to present it as proof that the extension satisfies the planners to the next incumbent of your home. Planning permission is something different! Don’t confuse building regulations for planning permission as they aren’t the same thing. It needs to be checked that all planning permission obligations have also been satisfied before anything is constructed. If the extension is a “Permitted Development” no application for planning permission needs to be made. This is a further issue that your installer can handle on your behalf. Use our postcode finder to locate your nearest Residence Collection installer.