Green Roofs Planning Regulations

Green or living roofs are an exciting innovation that many are interested in introducing to their homes or office premises. 

Planning permission for green roofs

Often such roofs will not require an application for planning permission because they fall within permitted development rights (see e.g. householder permitted development rights in the General Permitted Development Order 2015). There are specific permitted development rights relating to the roofs of dwelling houses. 

Considerations for planning a green roof 

However, it is not always the case that permitted development rights will apply, and some of the conditions can be very complex and difficult to interpret. We would strongly recommend seeking expert advice before going ahead with your development.

There will also likely be green roof building regulations issues to deal with, as well as structural, environmental and amenity factors. 

For more advice around green roof planning regulations please call us on 01634 811 118, complete our online enquiry form, or email our planning law expert Nicholas Kingsley-Smith.