Planning Permission

Maintenance of fascia such as replacement or painting generally does not require planning permission.

However, if you live in a listed building or designated area (conservation area, national park, area of outstanding natural beauty) you should check with your local planning authority before carrying out any work.

Building Regulations

Replacing fascia board or soffit will not normally need building regulations approval.

You are advised to check that the replacement work does not reduce the ventilation provided to the roof void as this could cause condensation to occur within the roof void, which can then lead damp on the timbers. If the existing system has vents installed a similar system will need to be maintained.

The replacement of fascia and soffit boards (as described below) will not normally require approval under the Building Regulations.

Fascia boards – these are boards attached to the end of the rafters/truss at the eaves, where the guttering is attached for the roof rainwater drainage. These are also placed at the ends of gable roofs to cover the rafters/truss.

Soffits boards – these are placed on the underside of the eaves where the roof overhangs the walls. This is where the ventilation holes are generally provided.


This is an introductory guide and is not a definitive source of legal information. Read the full disclaimer here.

This guidance relates to the planning regime for England. Policy in Wales may differ. If in doubt contact your Local Planning Authority.