PLANNING PERMISSION FOR GARDEN BUILDINGS - QUICK GUIDE

Planning Permission for Garden Buildings - Quick Guide

In most cases our log cabins & garden offices will not require planning permission although you should alweays check - for example, there will be stricter rules in conservation areas.

If a log cabin is 2.5m or less in height, it is exempt from planning conditions and is therefore permitted development, even if it is close to a neighbours fence!

If a cabin is over 2.5m (8.25ft) in height and less than 2m (6.6ft) away from any boundary, you will most likely need permission although this is likely to be granted as the law says you are entitled to go up to 4m in height.

A cabin 4m high against a neighbours fence might "adversely affect the neighbour’s use of his/her garden, block their sun or even intimidates them in any way" so permission might be declined although lowering the height or moving 2m or more from the boundary would most likely lead to the permission being approved.

There are a few cabins on our site which are just over 2.5m in height and can be lowered at not further cost if you had concerns over permitted development.

Quick Planning Guide

Please use the following guide to help decide if your new garden building will be considered 'Permitted Development':

  1. Is your garden building to the rear or side of your house?
    Yes - See Q2
    No - You may need planning permission if it is towards the front of your property - contact your local planning office and they will help you with the process.
  2. Are you in a designated area?
    Yes - You may need planning permission*
    No - See Q3
  3. Will your new building go in the grounds of a listed building?
    Yes - You may need planning permission*
    No - Note that a single pitched roof must have an eaves height under 2.5m and be no higher than 3m. See Q4
  4. Will your building be closer than 2m to a fence, hedge or boundary?
    Yes - You may need planning permission*
    No - Outbuildings (or extensions, greenhouses etc) cannot exceed 50% of the land around the original house as it was first built. See Q5
  5. Will the base of your garden building be above 30cm?
    Yes - You may need planning permission*
    No - See Q6
  6. Will people be permanently sleeping in your building?
    Yes - You may need planning permission*
    No - See Q7
  7. Will your garden building have a TV aerial or similar?
    Yes - You may need planning permission*
    No - Good news! Your new garden building will be a permitted development

* Contact your local planning office and they will help you with the process.

We would recommend you also check the Government's Planning Portal website for more details on planning and building regulations - www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations


This entry was posted in Build on 13th March 2016.