Garden Buildings &
Planning Permissions

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What you should know...

Garden buildings (outbuildings) are considered to be permitted development, therefore, not needing planning permission, subject to certain conditions:

Firstly, permitted development applies to your home or the area you live in. You are unlikely to have permitted development rights if:

  • Your home is listed
  • Your home is in a designated area (e.g. a national park), area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), a conservation area or World Heritage site
  • Your home is a flat or maisonette

If you want to construct your garden building under permitted development you will need to make sure it meets the following conditions wherever you live in the UK:

  • Your garden building is not in front of your home. If you have extended your home then the front refers to how it stood on 1 July 1948
  • The total area of all extensions, sheds and outbuildings (including your proposed garden building) must not cover more than 50% of the total area of land around your house. Again this is the area as it was on 1 July 1948
  • It is single storey and less than 3 metres high (4 metres with a dual-pitched roof). If it is within 2 metres of your boundary, the maximum height is 2.5 metres – see image above
  • The eaves are no more than 2.5 metres above ground level – see image above
  • It does not have a balcony, veranda or raised platform.
  • It is not self-contained living accommodation
  • If you live in a National Park, the Broads, a World Heritage Site or an AONB, the maximum area of outbuildings that are more than 20m from your house is 10 sqm
  • In National Parks, the Broads, World Heritage Sites, AONBs and conservation areas you will need planning permission if any part of your garden room would sit between the side of your house and the boundary of your property

  • If you live in a listed building you will need planning permission for any garden building (outbuilding)

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