Published in Planning Advisory Services Tameside Guide

Young & Co published in Tameside Edition of Planning Permission & Building Regulation Information Booklet. See below advert and brief explanations for both planning and building regulations for roofing works:

Planning Permission for Re-Roofing?

You do not normally need to apply for planning permission to re-roof or insert roof lights or skylights as the permitted development rules allow for roof alterations subject to the following limits and conditions:

● Any alteration to project no more than 150 mm from the existing roof plane.

● No alteration to be higher than the highest part of the roof.

● Side facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.

The only exception to this relates to houses classed as being within a conservation area or world heritage site, where there will be strict guidelines on what can or cannot be used.

Building Regulations for Re-Roofing?

Work to an existing roof:

If you want to carry out repairs on or re-cover less than 25 per cent of the area of a pitch or flat roof, you will not normally need to submit a building regulations application.

You will need approval, if:

● You carry out structural alterations.

● The performance of the new covering will be significantly different to that of the existing covering in the event of a fire.

● You are replacing/ repairing more than 25 per cent of the roof area, in which case, the roof thermal insulation would normally have to be improved.

The removal or alteration to any roof elements could affect how the roof works and cause movement to occur. Movement could cause cracks to occur in the walls and, possibly, the eventual collapse of the roof. When performing work on any roof, care should be taken to ensure the roof will continue to perform effectively and without any movement.

If you are re-roofing the whole property, or more than a quarter of the roof area, then you will need to submit a Building Regulations application form to your local authority. This is so an appointed building inspector can check various key areas of work including ventilation and insulation thickness.

For roofing works requiring a Building Regulations application, there is now an alternative with the government backed scheme called Competent Roofer, which is run by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors. Roofers who are registered under the scheme are now able to bypass the local authority and can sign off their own work as meeting the current Building Regulations.

Young and Company are members of Competent Roofer and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors therefore can offer our customers Building Regulation Compliance Certificate with 10, 15 or 20 year insurance backed guarantees.

See Young & Company Competent Roofer Web Page for more information on the government backed scheme.

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