Planning Permission

Roof Planning Permission in Kent

Planning Permission for Roof Works in Kent

Council Planning Permission and Building Notice

In the past, as a home owner or contractor, re-roofing work was exempt from Building Regulations.

This was on the basis that like-for-like replacement tiles or slates were used.

In circumstances where no additional structural work would be carried out and the new covering did not compromise the thermal qualities of the roof, projects needed no Council approval.

An application was only required if the new tiles were lighter or heavier than the existing, and also for loft conversions where structural calculations and a Building Control Officer inspection were necessary.

New nationwide regulations have come into force as of 1st October 2010 which legislate that anyone completing re-roofing work, including replacement of flat roofs, must apply for Building Regulations approval.

The Building Notice procedure is essential, but still allows for the work to be carried out without the need to submit full plans, this means the Council must be informed beforehand and visit site to approve the choice of roof covering and instruct on the amount of insulation that should be introduced to meet new essential energy efficiency standards for homes.

Why have things changed?

The reasons for these changes are threefold.

First and foremost, as part of the growing global concern regarding CO2 emissions; the government wants to conserve the amount of fuel and power used in order to reduce emissions. This procedure will help to ensure that when properties are re-roofed, insulation is adequate. The correct amount of insulation will lower the amount of power required to keep homes warm and enable the building to hold the heat for much longer.

Secondly, the local council will charge for the building notice, so a form of revenue will inevitability be created with this new scheme.

Thirdly, and lastly, this will widen control over roofing work and the quality of materials and installation techniques used and is welcomed by Ballman Roofing Contractors as we pride ourselves on the quality of workmanship and our knowledge and application of new products.

What must be considered?

With this in mind, it is likely for the majority of re-roofing projects that insulation will need to be upgraded and, as a result of this, it is advisable to have insulation upgrades allowed for when budgeting for your project. It may also be necessary to incorporate increased cross-ventilation measures, to avoid condensation issues arising as a consequence of the upgrade.

A Building Control Officer will attend site to check work, and give instructions as to what materials and methods must be adhered to. Once they feel the job meets their criteria and are satisfied, they will proceed to sign-off the works. Failure to do so could lead to problems when trying to sell your property, and result in a fine to the contractor.

What if I have already started work?

If you have already carried out work or are in the process of undergoing roofing work to your property, you will require a regularisation application which will result in a Building Control Officer visiting site.  It should be noted that this type of application will attract more fees payable to the Council and could also result in finished work being altered in order to meet the Building Control Officer’s satisfaction.  Therefore, it is strongly advised, where possible, to obtain a building notice in advance of the works commencing.

How much do the applications cost?

The building notice application should cost around £225, including VAT depending on project cost and a regularisation application should cost around £340.