Building Control and Sustainability

Do I need planning permission for re-roofing?
Do I need to apply for building regulations for re-roofing?
What should I consider when choosing a roofing contractor?
Can I use new clay tiles for a heritage project?
What environmentally friendly roof tiles or slates are available?

Do I need planning permission for re-roofing? 

You do not normally need to apply for planning permission to re-roof your house or to 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 millimetres 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 permitted development regime for solar panels has different limits on projections and in relation to protected areas.

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.

Do I need to apply for building regulations for re-roofing? 

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 loft insulation thickness.

For those people requiring a Building Regulations application, there is now a 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. You can locate your nearest competent roofer by using our Find a Contractor facility which identifies those who are currently members.  

What should I consider when choosing a roofing contractor? 

As is the case when choosing any tradesman, there are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration. These are:

  • Quality
  • Detail
  • Evidence of previous work
  • Referrals

Remember, cheapest is not always the best. It’s always important to get more than one quote and compare the detail to ensure that the contractors are pricing to undertake the same level of work.

Can I use new clay tiles for a heritage project?

Marley Eternit has the largest range of clay tiles in the UK, available in a variety of colours in single camber, double camber and hand crafted. This means that regardless of the planning constraints, we almost certainly have a solution.  

What environmentally friendly roof tiles or slates are available? 

Without doubt an increasing number of people are looking to reduce their environmental impact and become more sustainable through the use of environmentally friendly products. Marley Eternit is more than conscious of this trend and has made a concerted effort to put the company at the forefront of sustainability within the industry.

All of our roofing products can achieve and A+ rating (lowest environmental impact) in the BRE Green Guide to Specification and are certified under the BES 6001 standard for responsible sourcing. These standards not only demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, but can contribute extra credits under the BRE’s family of environmental assessment schemes.

More recently Marley Eternit have pioneered the ‘active’ tile and launched EcoLogic an innovative roof tile made from 50% recycled materials with a unique coating which absorbs harmful pollutants from the atmosphere. 

Here at Marley Eternit, we are always on hand to offer practical and experienced support. Whether you have a query, are unable to find what you are looking for or would like to report an issue, drop your details below and we will be in touch.
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