Do I need Planning Permission for Roofing Projects?

Planning permission is not normally required to insert sky lights, roof lights or to re-roof subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • Any alteration cannot project more than 150mm from the existing roof plane. That is, if you wish to insert a roof or skylight, it cannot project more than 150mm.
  • No alteration can be higher than the highest part of the roof.
  • The side facing windows to be obscure glazed and any opening to be 1.7 m above the floor.

Certain other restrictions may apply to your particular property.

You may live in a Listed Building, Conservation Area or an area covered by an Article 4 Direction meaning that certain works which could normally be undertaken will be the subject of control. For roofing repairs on listed buildings, see this page.

Please contact your relevant local authority.

All you normally need to tell them is the address of the property and if any works have been carried out to the property that you are aware of.

An architect should also be able to guide you through the necessary planning steps. Find out more.

What materials are best used on your roof?

EPDM roofing is a popular material used on roofs, which is also known as rubber roofing. The reason it is so popular is due to the affordability and availability of it.

So, what are the advantages of rubber roofing?

Aside from the affordable costs of EPDM roofing, it is extremely easy to install. For the easiest rubber roofing to install, we suggest Polygomma.

Rubber roofing is typically lightweight, meaning reinforcement isn’t needed once installed. In addition, due to the properties of this material, it means leaks are very rare and can last up to 20 years!

  • Durable
  • Doesn’t scratch easily
  • Can easily be repaired

Metal Roofing

Have you ever thought about metal roofing? Planning Permission can provide you with more information on why you should have this type of roofing installed.

The benefits of metal roofing:

  • Durability. Metal roofing can hold in extreme weather, including winds up to 140mph and will not corrode, crack or rot.
  • Energy Efficiency. As metal can reflect solar radiant heat, this can reduce cooling costs by around 20-25%.
  • Longevity.  Metal roofs can last up to 70 years; this is 50 years longer compared to traditional asphalt roofing.