Planning permission for Timber Garden Buildings.

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is “Do i need planning permission for my Garden Studio”?

All timber garden structures, including Garden Sheds, Summerhouses and Garages are subject to planning permission rules; however, the good news is that the majority of our buildings won’t actually require planning permission for installation.

Whether you need planning permission or not will all depend on where you wish to place the building in your garden.

Garden buildings are considered Permitted Development and do NOT require planning permission as long as;

  • The building is to be placed less than 1.0m from the boundary of the property with a maximum overall height of no more than 2.5m from existing ground level.
  • A single storey garden building can have a maximum eave height of 2.5m, which is a maximum overall height of 4.0m for a dual-pitched roof and 3.0m maximum overall height for a pent roofed building.  Any taller than this and planning permission would be required.
  • The building must NOT be used as a self-contained living accommodation or have an antenna.
  • No more than 50% of the area of land around the original house should be taken up by garden buildings or other buildings.
  • Outbuildings should NOT be close to a road or public highway.

If your garden building does comply with the above criteria than you won’t need to apply for planning permission and you can have a garden building up to 30m2 (internal size).
Anything bigger than this WILL require planning permission.