conservatories and curb the activities of the companies who build
them were published by the government today.
carports have been exempt from Building Regulations since 1985. The
consultation will ask the public and the industry whether the
exemptions should remain - or be removed.
By bringing them under regulatory control, the government aims to
ensure that investing in home improvements like conservatories can be
done with confidence, and the knowledge they are designed and
constructed in accordance with Building Regulations. The proposals
do not affect current planning procedures.
Local government minister Alan Whitehead said:
'This is a welcome and timely consultation on whether certain classes
of structure should continue to be exempt from Building Regulations.
Bringing conservatories within the Building Regulations would mean
better conservatories, less heat loss and putting cowboy builders of
conservatories out in the cold.
'Investing in home extensions, like conservatories and porches, can
be an expensive and regrettable experience, and many individuals have
suffered at the hands of the unscrupulous builder. Often the problem
does not come to light until the property is up for sale. These
proposals aim to ensure that this experience becomes a thing of the
The Building Regulations 2000: Proposals for amending Schedule 2 -
Exempt Buildings and Work - Class VII - with reference to
Conservatories, Porches, Covered Ways, Covered Yards and Carports is
available on the DTLR website.
Paper copies of the conservatories consultation package can be
obtained from: DTLR Free Literature, PO Box 236, Wetherby, West
Yorkshire, LS23 7NB; Tel: 0870 1226236; Fax: 0870 1226237; Textphone:
0870 1207405; e-mail: email@example.com. The product code is
Since 1985 the extension of a building by the addition of a
conservatory, porch, covered way, covered yard or carport at ground
level with a floor area that does not exceed 30m2 has been exempt
from the Building Regulations.
The only condition is that for conservatories and porches, if
appropriate, the glazing must satisfy the requirements of Approved
Document Part N of the Building Regulations.
The review will be carried out in two stages. The first stage will
consult the public as to whether the current exemptions for such
structures should be revised. If this demonstrates a preference for
revising the current Class VII exemptions, then a second review will
follow to address the technical issues. This will include possible
revised floor area thresholds for any exemptions that should be
Responses are requested by 29 March 2002 and should be sent to Freda
Ducker, Zone 3 / E2 at the above address (fax: 020 7944 5739 or 5719,