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Replacing Your Roof? Let’s Talk Building Regulations!


If you’ve recently decided to replace your roof covering, you may be asking yourself “What are the building regulations for replacing roof coverings in the UK?” We don’t blame you. After all, who wants to get stuck with a roof that doesn't comply with the law? Not us, and hopefully not you either. Lucky for you, we’re here to help! Here’s what homeowners need to know about building regulations when it comes to replacing their roofing.


Permitted Development Rights

In most cases, homeowners are allowed to replace their existing roof without needing planning permission from their local council. This is known as permitted development rights. However, there are a few restrictions that apply including:

• The total area of the new roof must not exceed the original size of the existing roof by more than 15%.

• Any alterations to the existing structure must be minimal - this includes any changes made to roofs with an uneven pitch or those that have been converted from another type of structure (e.g., loft conversions).

• Any new materials used must match those already used on other parts of the house and should be in keeping with its historical character or style.

• Any new structures should also comply with current building regulations and fire safety requirements.


Changes To Your Roof That May Require Planning Permission

If you plan on making any changes to your roof that are outside what is considered ‘permitted development rights', then you will likely need planning permission from your local council before proceeding. These changes may include:

• Making major structural changes that would alter its shape or size significantly;

• Replacing a flat roof with one that has a steep pitch;

• Adding dormer windows or skylights;

• Changing external features such as chimneys or walls; and/or

• Adding solar panels or wind turbines.


No matter how large or small your project is, it's important that you understand what building regulations exist in your area when it comes to replacing your roof covering in order for it to be compliant with current laws and safety regulations. As always, if you're ever unsure about what permits are needed for your particular project, it's best practice to consult with a qualified professional before beginning any work on your home – no matter how confident you feel about it yourself! Good luck!




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