Conservatory building regulations: Do you need them?

large conservatory attached to old stone house
Conservatory building regulation requirements vary depending on the size and style of your project (Image credit: Mozolowski & Murray)

Conservatories offer a great way to add space, bring your garden into your home and provide you with lots of natural daylight. Compared with extensions, they’re easier and cheaper to make your conservatory ideas become a reality and in theory don’t have to comply with complex building regulations. 

I'm Mark Stevenson, a self-build expert and in this article I look at the ins and outs of conservatory building regulations and explain how you can comply with the key requirements.

Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson has worked as a construction professional for almost 30 years and following an extensive career in housebuilding became Managing Director of Potton where he now helps self builders build their own homes.

Whilst Mark describes himself as a ‘professional builder’ as a result of his career in housebuilding and timber systems manufacturing, he has specialist knowledge of timber construction and extensive expertise in finding land and appraising building plots.

He regularly shares his knowledge at Homebuilding & Renovating Shows and in Potton’s Self Build Academy where he leads the finding land and how to build seminar programme.

Aside from Mark’s professional career, his skills also extend to practical building knowledge as a skilled joiner, hands-on renovator and serial self-builder of his own development projects.

He is also Vice Chair of industry body, the Structural Timber Association.