What is a conservation rooflight?
Conservation rooflights are intended to replicate an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. They’re made with easy-installation in mind, so as not to disturb or damage the surrounding roof of an older building.
If you are concerned about the current condition of your roof, particularly for one on an older building, then a conservation rooflight is the most appropriate installation for you!
Can you put a skylight in a conservation area?
If you plan to install a rooflight on a building with protected qualities, such as a heritage site or listed building, then you will need to check that there is not currently an Article 4 direction in place for the building.
An Article 4 direction restricts your permitted rights regarding making alterations to specific types of older buildings, and this type of restriction may specifically disallow you from installing new features on the building that were not part of the original structure or design.
You can, however, seek permission from your local authority to allow the installation of a new conservation skylight, even if there is an Article 4 direction in place, but it is up to the local governing body to decide whether a new installation will be permitted or not.
For more information on planning permission for your new skylight, explore our Building Regulations and Planning Permission for Rooflights: Complete Guide.