Do I need planning permission for a garden building?
The answer in short is – generally not!
Garden offices are classed as outbuildings which can be built under your permitted development rights – and as such can be built without a planning application.
However, there are some instances that a planning application may still be needed.
At your free design consultation, a member of our team will learn more about your project and let you know whether a planning application is required. What’s more, if an application is needed we can take care of the process for you – having you the time and hassle.
Garden Buildings and Planning Permission
Knowing the Rules
In England, Scotland and Wales, the majority of homes will have permitted development rights. This allows for minor development without needing to apply for planning permission. This all depends on whether you plan to inhabit the room permanently, as well as various other factors. As long as this isn’t the case, you won’t need planning permission for your garden room.
Permitted Development Rights
If you are living in a flat, maisonette or listed building, unfortunately, you will not have permitted development rights. In some cases, an article 4 condition may be attached to houses, which may hinder the permitted development rights available. This information can easily be found within the deeds to your house or from your local council. Article 4 is often set in place to prevent further development on overdeveloped plots. Fear not though, the vast majority of homes have fully permitted development rights.
Location, Location, Location
Depending on where you live, permitted development rights may differ. If you would like your building to be built in front of your house, planning permission will always be required. Living in a conservation area, an area of outstanding national beauty or a national park will mean you’ll require planning permission. If you happen to live in an AONB or a national park, then you must build within 20m of any part of your house. You will not be able to exceed 10sqm if you are further than 20m.
Uses without Planning Permission
As previously mentioned, any building being used as permanent accommodation will require planning permission. Buildings being used for enjoyment purposes, such as gyms, art studios or kids play dens, for example, are acceptable and will not require planning.