Garden Rooms Planning Permission – Everything You Need to Know
13th February 2020
Garden rooms planning permission is common query on Google. Often seen as an area of confusion, planning permission for garden structures varies depending on what is being built. Some constructions don’t require any permission providing they follow a set of rules, others need planning permission every time.
Depending on what your needs are and how clear the guidelines are for your specific query, you may still need to seek expert advice before going ahead.
Garden Rooms Planning Permission – Key Information
Below is key information around garden rooms planning permission to help you decide whether or not you need it. Although the the rules are quite straightforward, this article is a summary and should not be used as a comprehensive guide. If you have any specific queries that are not covered, it’s always best to double check before beginning the building work.
In most cases planning permission will not be needed if you are building a garden room/office/summer house.
Garden rooms planning permission is not needed if:
- The structure is single storey and no higher than four metres (2.5 metres to the eaves, or 2.5 metres with a flat roof).
- The garden room doesn’t take up more than half the plot size.
- It does not have verandas, balconies, or raised platforms.
- Is not attached to or on the land of any listed buildings or conservation areas.
- Could not be considered a place for dwelling and instead can be deemd ‘incidental’.
For more thorough information the government’s planning portal contains everything you need to know.
What if my neighbours complain?
Neighbours aren’t always easy to get on with. If you live next door to a busy body who likes to be involved in what’s going on in their street, they might challenge you about your new structure – or even complain.
Some people might consider it common courtesy to inform their neighbours before they start building, but that really is personal choice. Informing neighbours of your plans could help future avoid conflict.
If you’ve left it too late to tell your neighbours and they’re unhappy with your new garden room, invite them to discuss it with your local council so that they can be reassured that you were within your rights to build. Providing you’ve thoroughly checked the rules and regulations around building a garden room (and asked for advice where needed), this complaint is unlikely to get far.
Try not to let your neighbours complaints get to you. If you’ve followed the guidelines, you’ve done nothing wrong, so the best thing to do is try and smooth over the relationship. If you’re planning on living in your house for years to come, having a friendly relationship with the neighbours is essential.
How can I check I’ve followed the rules?
The simplest thing to do when it comes to garden rooms planning permission is to keep yourself informed. Ensure you read and understand all the literature before you start the building work.
Ideally, you should use a professional service to plan and erect your garden room. This service is likely to know all about the regulations that apply to your case and may even have someone who specialises in this area who works for the firm. If you have any questions, write them down so that you don’t forget them when you meet with your advisor.