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Can I turn my flat roof into a balcony?

John Conlin / 20 February 2018

A reader writes to chartered surveyor John Conlin to find out what is needed to transform a flat roof into a balcony.

Flat roof
A reader would like to transform their flat roof into a balcony


Part of the ground floor of my house extends at the rear beyond the upper floor and has a flat roof. I would like to use this as a balcony. What permissions do I need, if any?


Planning permission will be required. If you have immediate neighbours who might object on the grounds of loss of privacy consult with them before applying in the hope of reassuring them. Building regulation approval will also be required to ensure the perimeter has an adequate balustrade; the existing roof structure has sufficient strength and the access is compliant.

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