Juliet Balcony Planning Permission

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Do I Need Planning Permission for a Juliet Balcony?

One of the frequently asked questions we receive is, "Do I need planning permission for a Juliet balcony?" The answer is generally no, but it's not a straightforward response. Let's dive into the details of planning regulations for Juliet balconies. Unlike traditional balconies, a Juliet balcony is considered less intrusive, leading to more lenient planning regulations. Since it doesn't require an external platform, there is minimal alteration to your property.

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Here are some of the key factors that determine the need for planning permission when installing a Juliet balcony:

Where will you position your Juliet balcony?

Installing it at the rear of your property is unlikely to be contentious. However, installing one at the front or on a side elevation, especially if it overlooks neighbouring properties, may be problematic.

Do you live in a listed building, a conservation area or a flat?

If so, it's likely that you'll need planning permission.

Is your Juliet balcony a “true” Juliet balcony?

A true Juliet balcony does not have an additional platform outside your existing building. If your plans include a platform for someone to stand on, this elevates it into a traditional balcony and will require planning permission.

Are you changing your window or adding a new window to accommodate the Juliet balcony?

You need to ensure the new or enlarged window is in keeping with the rest of your house. Planning permission for a new or enlarged window is often unnecessary, but you should check with your local planning officer.

Juliet Balcony by the sea

If you’re uncertain, give your local planning officer a call. Applying for planning permission doesn’t mean your plans will be rejected but be prepared for potential modifications. It’s wise to have a few fallback options in case of objections. We can work through backup options with you; just give one of our team a shout, and we’ll be delighted to help.

If you’re confident your plans don't need planning permission, you can proceed with permitted development. For peace of mind, you can apply for a Lawful Development certificate to confirm your plans are permitted, although for simple Juliet balcony installations, this is likely unnecessary.

Be aware that factors outside planning permission may affect the installation of a Juliet balcony. If you’re a leaseholder, you may need permission from the landlord or management company before starting any work. Also, check your property deeds for any covenants preventing alterations to the façade.

Building Regulations approval is also vital. You can easily access relevant information and calculations showing our Juliet balconies' compliance with Building Regulations on our website or with a call to our team.

In Summary:

Work closely with your local planning department from the outset to ensure compliance with local planning regulations. Generally, a Juliet balcony is a simple and non-contentious project requiring only the simplest of approvals via permitted development. Do your local research, keep your neighbours updated, and if unsure, check with your local planning regulations office.

For up-to-date information, visit the Planning Portalhttps://www.planningportal.co.uk/


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