Window installation can transform your home overnight, but how does the entire process work? It takes more than just selecting the windows you like and finding the right contractor. You also have to be aware of planning permission. 

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about getting planning permission for windows.

What Is Planning Permission?

Planning permission is the process of getting approval to build a structure or extension onto an existing building. This typically pertains to projects like adding additional rooms or conservatories. 

Planning permission is required when a home improvement project goes beyond what is considered ‘permitted development.’ This means any construction that doesn’t meet the national government building guidelines. Although planning permission is a legal requirement. 

Whether you need one depends on the type of project you are doing and the region you live in. Regulations differ between England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, so before you start planning your window installation, verify if you will need planning permission.

Does Window Installation Require it?

Overall, window installation does not require planning permission, but that comes down to the type of windows you are installing. That’s because most windows are considered to be permitted development, meaning they are nationally allowed to be installed without permission. 

To get new windows installed, you need to purchase the windows and hire a licensed contractor to install them. Like brand new window installation, replacing windows don’t require planning permission. This is only the case for houses, though. If you want to install or replace new windows in a flat, you will need approval.

The only exception to this rule is replacing an existing window with the same type of window. The most important thing is to know your local region’s guidelines. If you’re unsure of where to start, call a local window company for advice.

Installing Bay Windows

It’s essential to keep in mind that not every window is available for installation without the proper approval. Bay windows are not always considered a permitted development since they are an extension of the house. Traditional windows get encased inside the structure, but bay windows stick out, which is why they need permission.

You don’t need permission for bay windows in many cases if you stay within a certain height or surface area. That’s because these new windows are replacing an existing window. Planning permission is commonly required when installing a bay window on the side of a house where there are no extrusions.

The age of the home can also affect whether you need planning permission. To be safe, always double-check before planning a bay window installation. Know where you want to install your new windows and how old your house is.

Speak To An Expert

If you’re looking to install a bay window or want to know the area’s requirements, consult an expert. CosyHomes Windows are your local experts on window installation and planning permission. Not only can we advise you on how to install your windows, but we’re a window company so we can install them too. 

Call us today so we can talk you through the entire process!