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Do I need planning permission for my Juliet balcony?

We are often asked the question, “Do I need planning permission for a Juliet balcony?”
Well, the good news is that the majority of Juliet balconies are classed as Permitted Developments and therefore will not need planning permission. One of the main benefits of a Juliet balcony is that you can replace your windows with French doors and use a Juliet Balcony Railing, which lets in more breeze and light into your room.
So, in most cases you will not need planning permission for your Juliet balcony but there are some exceptions to this:

1) The Juliet balcony has a floor, no matter how slim, it is considered to be a raised platform and therefore will need planning permission.
2) If your property is a listed building or is in a conservation zone, you will be highly likely to require planning permission for this.
3) If Juliet balconies are uncommon features within the area you live in, planning permission may be required. Alternatively, you may be asked to only have Juliet Balconies on the rear of the property
Seek the advice of your local planning office.

If you do fall into one of the categories where you may need Planning Permission for your Juliet Balcony, what do you do next?

What documents will you need to submit?

You would normally be asked to submit:

1) A few copies of your planning application form & your fee.
2) Cross-sections and elevations of the current property and your proposed changes to the property
3) A certificate of ownership
4) A Design and Access statement which explains the work you’re proposing to carry out.
5) It’s always advisable to contact your local planning office to seek advice where you are unsure

How long will it take to get a decision?

Once your plans have been submitted and they have been validated, your case will be assigned to a planning officer for review. Also, local residents will be contacted and given 21 days to comment or dispute the proposals.

For a small planning application like a Balcony, it shouldn’t take more than 8 weeks to get a planning decision.

If you need advice about a Juliet Balcony, we are always on hand to help where we can. If you are looking to buy a Juliet Balcony, Origin Architectural are one of the leading suppliers of Juliet Balconies in the UK. Shop for Juliet Balconies now or try our Juliet Balcony Planner.

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Skyforce Top Mount according Test BS 6180 (0,74 kN/m)Tested to Aluminium
GLASS WIDTH UP TO GLASS THICKNESS (tempered glass) GLASS HEIGHT
1000mm 12.76mm 300mm – 1100mm
1700mm 16.76mm 300mm – 1100mm
3000mm 21.52mm 500mm – 1100mm
(According test BS 6180) Tested on the basis that the minimum thickness of the aluminium frame is 1.4mm.   FIXING TO PVC FRAME SkyForce Top Mount Tested to Plastic According to the German Standard ETB Directive
GLASS WIDTH UP TO GLASS THICKNESS (tempered glass) GLASS HEIGHT
1600mm 12.76mm 700mm-1200mm
2100mm 16.76mm (17.52) 900mm-1200mm
2600mm 21.52mm 800mm-1100mm
Tested on the basis that the metal insert in the frame is a minimum of 1.5mm in thickness. I attach a copy of the test report which is in German but which I think we can include anyway.   FIXING TO STEEL OR CONCRETE Skyforce is fully tested at a height of 1.1m up to a width of 3m when fixed to steel or concrete.
Glass H = Glass Height L = Glass Length Working Line Load
6.62 min. 300mm - max. 1100mm max. 1100mm 3.0 kN/m
6.62 min. 500mm - max. 1100mm max. 1100mm 3.0 kN/m
8.84 min. 300mm < 500mm max. 1100mm 3.0 kN/m
8.84 min. 500mm - max. 1100mm max. 1100mm 3.0 kN/m
8.84 min. 600mm - max. 1100mm max. 1700mm 1.5 kN/m
8.84 min. 300mm < 600mm max. 1700mm 0.74 kN/m
10.10.4 min. 300mm < 500mm max. 500mm 3.0 kN/m
10.10.4 min. 500mm - max. 1100mm max. 1100mm 3.0 kN/m
10.10.4 1100mm max. 3000mm 0.74 kN/m
10.10.4 min. 300mm < 1100mm max. 3000mm 0.36 kN/m
FIXED TO TIMBER OR STONE/BRICKWORK   No test data available.   For more comprehensive test data, click here