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Juliet Balconies Advice

What is a Juliet Balcony?

Also known as Juliette balconies, window guards, balcony rails or balcony railings, Juliet balconies are a popular enhancement for the exterior of properties whilst fulfilling the practical requirements of building regulations. A Juliet safely allows upper floor living spaces to benefit from french doors, bifold doors or full length open windows allowing fresh air into the room and enhancing the general feeling of space and openness.

We offer a range of standard options which have all been designed and approved to comply with applicable regulations. We also offer a bespoke service so if you have a different design in mind, or have any other questions not covered by our FAQS please get in touch.

Do I need planning permission for a Juliet balcony?

  • Some local authorities have special rules for conservation areas but as a general rule of thumb, no, you do not require planning permission for a Juliet balcony.
  • ‘Walk-on balconies’ i.e. those with a platform or where you can step out of the building generally do require planning permission as they can affect sight lines and neighbours’ privacy.
  • Your local authority Planning or Building Control team will be able to give precise guidance but if you have any follow-up questions about planning feel free to contact us

How to look after your balcony

  • Balconies should feel solid at all times although it is occasionally possible that fixings could need a quick ‘second tighten’ soon after installation. If you find that fixings are repeatedly becoming loose please seek the advice of a qualified tradesperson.
  • Although galvanising is not generally considered a decorative ‘final’ finish they can be left without painting and require very little ongoing care. The bright and shiny appearance will soon dull to a grey or white matte appearance.
  • Powder coated items should be inspected occasionally for damage and can generally easily be repaired with a colour-matched spray or brushed paint. Clean every 6-12 months with a soft cloth and mild detergent (we find dish soap works pretty well!)
  • Glass infill panels can be cleaned and cared for in exactly the same way as your building’s windows.