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Do I need building regulations approval to install a sun pipe or sun tunnel?

Do I need building regulations approval to install a sun pipe or sun tunnel?

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Sun pipes, light tubes or sun tunnels are simply reflective tubes which can introduce natural light to a dark corner of your home.

They consist of a dome, cap or small rooflight and a reflective tube that is taken down through the building in a duct, to terminate with a diffuser in the room which distributes the light where you need it.

They don't provide ventilation so can't be used on their own if you are forming a windowless room.

You'll generally only need a building regulations application if:

  • It's close to a party wall.
  • It passes between two separate fire compartments and therefore form a risk for a fire spreading.
  • It would mean that a rafter or joist needs to be moved. This would be classed as a structural alteration.

Further information

Will I need planning permission to install a sun pipe or sun tunnel?