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Birmingham City Council

Extending Your Home

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Extending Your Home is a guide for homeowners who are planning to extend their home. Our aim is to improve the quality of the built environment through a high standard of design which compliments the scale and style of your house and others nearby.

Three main principles should be followed to achieve a well designed home extension:

  • Respect the appearance of the local area
  • Ensure the extension does not adversely affect your neighbours
  • Minimise the impact on the environment

The guidance covers the following types of extension or alteration:

  • Extensions to the front, back or side of your home
  • Porches
  • Corner extensions
  • Roofs
  • Dormer windows
  • Sloping roof lights
  • Loft conversions
  • Garages and parking
  • Design details

The document also provides advice about the space provided between buildings, accommodation sizes and getting permission for your extension. It has been adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document.

Document Status : Statutory Policy Document– Adopted March 2007

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Last Updated : 17th January 2012