When you want to offer your customers a way to brighten up their home, installing a roof lantern is an excellent idea. Perfect as an orangery or conservatory roof replacement, lantern roofs are also a great choice for installing into traditional flat roof home extensions.

Whatever reasons your customers may have for considering a roof lantern for their home, they’ll want to know as much as possible about the installation process. One of the most common concerns surrounding large scale home improvements is will they require planning permission?

Homeowners are often put off making home improvements because they fear complications may arise due to planning permission regulations. So, do you need planning permission to install a roof lantern? Let’s take a closer look.

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Guidelines for roof lantern installations

If your customers are concerned that their roof lantern will need planning permission, it’s good news. In most cases, you won’t usually need planning permission to install a roof lantern. Roof lanterns, as well as roof lights and sky lights are normally considered as permitted development as long as they adhere to the following criteria.

  • The roof lantern must not protrude any higher than 150mm from the existing roof plane.
  • The roof lantern must not be any higher than the highest part of the house roof.
  • Any side facing windows must be obscure glazed and any openings must be 1.7m above the floor.

The above restrictions are for alterations to houses. The guidelines are different for flats, maisonettes, and converted houses. If you are working on a Listed Building or in a conservation area, it is also important to find out whether planning permission is required as the property may be under stricter regulations.


White aluminium lantern roof interior viewThe Stratus aluminium lantern roof

At Evaframe we supply the Stratus roof from Synseal. The Stratus roof is an industry leading aluminium roof lantern system. It is designed to boost thermal performance while providing homeowners with a stylish and attractive aesthetic for their home. When you want to offer your customers the best in roof lanterns, Evaframe can create made-to-measure products to meet your exact specifications.

The Stratus roof is available in three different designs. Offer your customers a choice of configurations including a minimalist contemporary design which maximises natural light intake by minimising supporting sightlines. The Stratus roof comes in either modern and stylish Anthracite Grey or universally popular Crisp White. Both colours are created using a hard wearing powder coat process for the best in weather resistance.

If you’re a double glazing installer working in South Wales or the south west of England, Evaframe can help you to take your business to the next level. We offer all our trade customers a wealth of benefits alongside our high quality aluminium products. If you’d like to find out more about working with Evaframe, contact us today. Give us a call on 01633 746 390 or send us a message online.