Do I need planning permission for aluminium bifold doors?

Aluminium bifold doors are an incredible addition to any home. The way they fold to one side completely opens up your living space to the outdoors and makes them a very popular choice for homeowners. For such a big project, it’s always good to check whether or not you need planning permission. It’s unlikely if you’re doing a straight swap that you will need this, but if they are part of a home renovation or you’re having an extension built, it may need planning permission. Much of the work we do is covered under permitted development rights at the moment which means you can avoid the planning permission process.

What are permitted development rights?

Permitted development rights allow certain types of home improvement work to be carried out without the need for planning permission.

Permitted development rights state that a single storey extension can be built up to 6m from the original rear wall of the property, or 8m if you live in a detached house and up to 4m in height. Two storey extensions can’t be taller than your existing property, extend beyond your existing rear wall and must be at least 7m from the nearest boundary. It gives plenty of scope and covers a lot of the installations we do.

Will I need planning permission for bifold doors in my extension?

If your aluminium bi-fold doors are being installed as part of a new extension, you will only need planning permission if your extension falls outside of permitted development rights. This will come as part of the permission for the extension and you won’t need separate permission for the doors.

Do I need planning permission for aluminium bifold doors in a heritage or listed building?

The law surrounding heritage and listed buildings is much different to other properties as it is generally much stricter. Listed buildings are protected to ensure their traditional character is preserved and it is much harder to get certain projects permitted. Listed buildings can sometimes require colour choices, material and design to be warranted before any work takes place.

Laws are also different for buildings on ‘designated land’, or conservation areas, and advice should be sought for properties in these locations.

Do I need planning permission for aluminium bifold doors on balconies?

Homeowners often choose to have their aluminium bifold doors on balconies, as it’s a great way of creating an interesting focal point and opening up the upstairs of your home. If you are having your balcony added to your property, you will need planning permission if it is overlooking someone’s home or garden, so it is always good to check.

Building regulations

All home improvement projects need to comply with building regulations. Building regulations are standards to ensure that building and home improvement works are safe for those using that building.

If you are creating a glazed extension which is merged with your existing space, then we may need to seek building regulations approval, but most projects don’t require this if they fall within permitted development rights.

We always check whether approval is needed, so we can install your aluminium bifold doors with no setbacks or delays.

Start your aluminium bifold door project with Sussex Glazing

With any of the home improvement projects we carry out; we will be able to advise you on whether or not you need planning permission. Planning permission can be complex, but our helpful team will talk you through it to make your aluminium bifold door project as smooth as possible. If you’re unsure it’s always best to ask, our team will be happy to help!

Looking to add aluminium bifold doors to your Sussex home? Get in touch with us today and we can help you every step of the way.

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