If your property is new or requires major changes to its existing build, then you may need to acquire planning permission. Planning permission is separate from Building Regulations approval which sets the standard for health and safety.

Before any home improvement can take place, the majority of home owners will need to acquire planning permission. Planning permission oversees the way your town, city or countryside develops.

Landscaping is just one of the things that planning permission takes into account whilst considering your application.  The council will also look at the appearance of your building, road access and the impact on the general environment.

More often than not, you will need separate permission from both Building Regulations & Planning Permission.

Windows and Doors

In terms of windows & doors, if you don’t live within a conservation area, listed building or flat then it is unlikely that you will need planning permission of any kind.

This is because the alterations made to your home are minimal and unlikely to overstep any rule or affect your neighbours.

If you do however, then planning permission must be sought before any major changes are implemented. The good news is, your double glazing installer should be able to sort that out for you but if in any doubt, always contact your Local Planning Authority.

In most cases, you do not need planning permission for:

  • Any repairs, maintenance or minor improvements such as re-painting your window or door frame.
  • Replacement windows and doors of a similar appearance to those used in the construction of the house.
  • A new bay window may be treated as an extension and may need permission.
  • New windows that are on a upper-floor side elevation must feature obscure glazing and either be non-opening or be more tan 1.7 metres above the ground.

Roof Lights and Skylights

New roof lights or skylights will not require planning permission providing:

  • They are not protruding more than 150mm beyond the plane of the roof slope
  • They are not higher than the tallest part of the roof
  • If they are in side elevation roof slope they must feature obscure glazing and either non opening or be more then 1.7 metres above floor level.

Note: You may need to apply for planning permission if you council has made an Article 4 Direction withdrawing permitted development rights. If you are a leaseholder, you may also need to require planning permission from your landlord or management company.

Can I Install Double Glazing in a Listed Building?

Listed buildings are properties that are considered to have historical or architectural significance. Every building that was built before 1700 is listed and the majority of buildings that were constructed between 1700 and 1840 are also listed.

For newer buildings there are no specific criteria that mean they will be listed. They may be considered unique architecturally or have significance to an historically significant person or event.

Listed buildings are protected by law and if you own a listed building you must retain planning permission before you install double glazing. For more information please click here.

Conservatory Planning Permission

Conservatories, like double glazing, do not usually require planning permission and are considered to be a permitted development.

However, there are set limitations on size and height. Before you install your conservatory, you will need to find out whether you require conservatory planning permission.

Double Glazing on The Web recommends you visit the Government’s planning portal to view all regulations for yourself. Requirements will change depending on which part of the country you are in, planning permission is different in England and Wales.

In the majority of cases, you do not need planning permission if your conservatory:

  • Is no more than half the size of your existing property. It must also not be wider than the original width
  • Has no fronting highway with verandas, balconies or raised platforms
  • Is not higher than your existing property. If within two metres of a boundary, the eaves must be no higher than three metres

Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions

Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions

Can Double Glazed Doors be Fitted with a Pet Flap?

Depending on the style of door, a pet flap can be fitted as an extra service. The only exception is when glass panels feature on the lower half of the door.

How Much Do Doors Cost?

Your double glazed door cost will depend on specifications such as style, size, locks, glazing and door furniture. Double Glazing on The Web gives you the opportunity to create your very own unique door quote online. Start your free door quote today.

What Does UPVC Stand For?

UPVC is an abbreviation for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride which is used in window frames.

Do UPVC Windows Need Trickle Vents?

Trickle vents are not a requirement, however they do offer additional ventilation without the need for opening your windows so can be a valued add on.

How Much Does A Conservatory Cost?

Your conservatory cost will depend on its specification. Your conservatory size, style, finishes, glazing and build are all factors which will determine the overall price. The good news is, you can now calculate the cost of your conservatory online using our handy online quote builder.

Do I Need Conservatory Planning Permission?

Conservatories are seen as a permitted development, however you may require conservatory planning permission if you have a listed property or if you are living within a conservation area.

Should I Buy A DIY Conservatory?

A DIY conservatory can be a great option if you have the required knowledge and building skills. It can be an expensive choice however, if anything should go wrong. The best thing about a supply and fit conservatory is that your installer takes care of all of the work for you, this includes any building requirements or planning permission.

Why Should I Buy A Conservatory?

A conservatory is an affordable way to extend living space and will prove to be a worthy investment over time. Not only does it help improve the value of your property but it provides you with a multi-functional space to use all year round.

What is The Best Type of Conservatory?

When choosing the best type of conservatory for your home, your property and garden size as well as style have to be considered. For example if you lack garden space, you don't want a conservatory build that is going to be too overpowering. There are conservatory designs for all types of home and specification so any property, traditional or new can benefit from this airy extension.

How Long Will It Take To Install My Casement Window?

Because every job is different, it is best your talk to your double glazing installer who will be able to give you an exact timescale.

Which Bi-folding Door Configuration is Best?

When choosing the arrangement of your bi-folding doors you need to consider the size and layout of your room. Outfolding bi-fold doors will take up less internal space when completely folded back and a left of right folding will be dependent on space available in your room.

How Long Does It Take To Install Bi-Fold Doors?

If a survey is scheduled within 48hrs then your bi-fold doors can be supplied and installed within just 6 – 8 weeks.

How Secure Are Bi-Folding Doors?

Bi-folding doors are extremely secure and are built with a high security locks as standard. Each of our double glazing installers will offer their own range of locking systems with additional upgrade options for all security conscious homeowners.

Are There Other UPVC Casement Window Styles?

Other UPVC casement window styles include the French casement window which is a more traditional take on the standard casement style.

Will I Have A Choice of Casement Window Locks?

A high security lock will be fitted as standard with your new casement window but your double glazing installer will also offer a choice of security upgrades.

What Are Flush Casement Windows?

Flush casement windows are where the unit sits flush to the frame, creating a super sleek look.

Are There Different UPVC Casement Window Sizes?

UPVC casement windows come in a wide range of sizes to suit your property. You can specify your casement window size in our window cost calculator to get a unique window price!

Can I Choose My Casement Window Handles?

Your double glazing installer will offer you a choice casement window handles and casement window hardware options so you can achieve the perfect look.

What is a Casement Window?

A casement window is attached to its frame by one or more hinges. A casement window is hinged at the side allowing them to open extremely wide. These windows can double up as emergency exits and are perfect for hard to reach places within the home, with many home owners installing these windows behind their kitchen sinks.

Where Can I Get A Tilt and Turn Windows Price?

You can get a tilt and turn windows price using our window cost calculator which will give you a free and unique quote within a matter of minutes.

How Does The Tilt and Turn Window Mechanism Work?

The tilt and turn window can be ‘tilted’ inwards due to its unique turning action which allows the window to be easily accessed from both inside and out. All it takes is a swift turn of the handle.

How Much Do French casement windows cost?

The cost of French casement windows will vary depending on installer but you can get an average casement windows cost using our free online quoting engine

How do UPVC Sash Windows Work?

UPVC vertical sliding sash windows are built to either slide vertically downwards or upwards. This opening function makes the UPVC sash window much easier to use compared to traditional wooden windows where the only choice is double hung and single hand.

Are UPVC Sash Windows Easy To Use?

UPVC sash windows are very easy to use. Their spiral balance mechanism allows for smooth operation so you can open and close your windows with ease. UPVC sash windows are also incredibly low maintenance and require very little cleaning.

Why Should I Choose a UPVC Sash Window?

UPVC sash windows are incredibly attractive and make a stunning addition to any property and are relatively low maintenance thank to their UPVC design. You can enjoy a traditional aesthetic for many years to come thanks to their long standing properties.

Replacement Sash Windows In A Conservation Area

If your home is a listed property or within a conservation area then you will need to seek planning permission.

Are UPVC Doors Easy To Maintain?

UPVC doors are extremely easy to maintain and will never require re-painting or varnishing. Neither will a UPVC door rot or warp!

What Are Composite Doors Made Of?

Composite doors are made of a combination of high performing materials which is why they are so strong and incredibly long lasting. The composite door is made from: reinforced UPVC, fibreglass skin, high density foam and a water resistant composite materials.

Do Composite Doors Fade?

Composite doors feature a tough and durable skin where colour runs throughout rather than a simple surface coating. This means a composite door is not likely to wear or fade like the majority of painted doors. A composite door is very long lasting which also reduces the amount of maintenance required to keep it looking in top condition.

Do Composite Doors Need Painting?

Composite doors do not require re-painting. These low maintenance doors feature a water resistant GRP, coloured skin which keeps a pristine appearance year after year.

Do Composite Doors Warp?

A composite door will not warp like wood and won't require regular painting.

Can I Get Composite Side Panels?

Composite doors are available with matching composite side panels, your installer will offer you a choice of colours and glazing.

Is Every Composite Door Different?

There are different qualities to every composite door and they will vary between manufacturers depending on materials used. At Double Glazing on The Web we only put you in touch with the highest quality suppliers and installers.

What Do Stable Doors Look Like?

These country style doors offer charming aesthetics and are a stylish alternative to standard back doors, stable doors a great choice for any kind of property. This door is split in two halves which open independently from one another as well as function as a whole. Whether you are after a traditional stable door or more contemporary design with modern glazing, your double glazing installer will be able to offer you a wide range of options for your property.

Are UPVC Stable Doors Made To Measure?

Your UPVC stable door will be made to measure and tailored to your specifications given to your double glazing installer.

How Much Do UPVC French Doors Cost?

UPVC French door prices will depend on your personal requirements and specifications such as size, style and glazing. To get an average French doors cost use our door cost calculator for a free online quote.

Are UPVC Patio Doors Secure?

UPVC patio doors can be fitted with a choice of high security locks to make them extra secure. You can also choose from a range of glazing styles to further enhance the strength of your patio doors.

Do I Need Planning Permission For Patio Doors?

You may require planning permission for double glazed patio doors if you have a listed building or happen to live within a conservation area. Visit the V for more information.

How Do Sliding Patio Doors Work?

UPVC sliding doors operate on a smooth, easy glide system which allows for effortless transition. They are attached to metal or vinyl tracks which are fitted to the top and bottom frames and plastic rollers are added to ease the movement.

How Do Slide and Swing Doors Operate?

A multi-pane door with individual panes slides on a single track with no loss of space. Panes are able to operate individually with no visible hinges or hardware. The slide and swing door can open up spaces between rooms or between home and garden or even conservatory.

Bay or Bow Window?

Simply put, it really depends! Bay windows offer often much welcome and useful extra storage space to the frontage of homes. On the other hand, bow windows provide a curved shape alternative in terms of look compared to bay windows. They are both beautiful options and can add much character and charm to the right property.

Can Bay Windows Look Modern?

Bay windows can easily be either modern or traditional depending on the combination of glass and / or coloured uPVC profiles now available. Subsequently, its easy for these windows to seamlessly blend in with contemporary or old properties.

Can Double Glazed Windows Reduce My Heating Bills?

When you install double glazing in your home or commercial property, it is likely that the extra heat retention will lessen the need to use central heating systems. In turn, this could mean you see a drop in heating bills. If you are concerned about your energy bills, it is easy to compare business energy or home energy online.

What Makes Flush Sash Windows Different?

Flush sash casement windows are specifically designed to imitate the appearance of traditional wooden timber windows by appearing to have the same sashes that finish 'flush' with the outside face of the window.

How Much Is A Conservatory?

A Conservatory is cost-effective way of expanding your home without needing planning permission in most cases. Conservatory prices start around £6000. Please refer to our pricing guides below to see how much a conservatory may cost you, or start a quote today.

Can Conservatories Only Be Made Out Of uPVC?

Conservatories can be made out of uPVC, timber and aluminium – it really depends on the style you want for your home. However, uPVC is the cheapest material to make a conservatory out of; timber and aluminium are significantly more expensive. Please check our pricing tables below to get more of an idea on costs or start a quote with us today.

Do I Need Planning Permission To Build My Conservatory?

In most cases, you do not need planning permission for a conservatory, however, it must reach certain guidelines. For example, it cannot exceed the height of the original structure of the home. Please check your local council site for more details (links are found in the 'Gateshead Information' section).

How Long Will My Conservatory Last?

Depending on the materials used to build it, the installation and the general maintenance for a conservatory, they usually have a life span of anywhere between 10-30 years. UPVC conservatories, on average last about 20 years.

How Much Does a Conservatory Cost?

Prices on conservatories begin around £6000, however, this will be dependent on the shape, size and style of your conservatory. Please refer to our pricing table below to get a better idea on how much a conservatory will cost or start a quote with us today.

What Materials Can You Build A Conservatory With?

Conservatories can be constructed with either timber, aluminium or uPVC, the latter being the cheaper material out of the three. Please consult our pricing guide below to get a better understanding of what a new conservatory may cost you.

Should I replace my old sash windows?

Sash windows are a key feature for many traditional period buildings. Sash windows were traditionally built using timber, which is fairly high maintenance and has a tendency toward rotting and warping. Over time, these windows can become draughty and insecure. uPVC sash windows are a great way to experience the benefits of modern double glazing, without sacrificing the aesthetic of your home. uPVC sash windows will not rot or warp and require little maintenance. They are also thermally efficient, which means that your home will not require as much heating.

How much does sash window restoration cost?

The cost of sash window restoration will depend on the survey result. Standard draught proofed sash windows (without sill replacement) usually starts at about £500 per window. The time taken will also depend on the survey result.

Can I install double glazing into my original sash windows?

This will depend upon what type of window you have. Replacing existing moving sashes with new, double glazed replicas might to be possible.

How much does it cost to replace a sash window?

The cost of replacing a sash window will depend on many factors including: style, size, material and glazing. A wooden sash window will cost significantly more than a uPVC sash window. A wooden sash window can cost up to £1000. Wooden windows are more expensive to manufacture so expect to pay that bit more. uPVC sash windows can be designed to mimic wood and are much cheaper in price. The starting price for a standard uPVC sash window is on average £525.

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