Garden buildings have become an increasingly popular way to create additional living space and get the most out of your garden. Available in a vast range of shapes and sizes, garden rooms offer endless opportunities to create the extra space that you’ve been missing.
Sounds great? We agree. But the question on many people’s minds when they’re thinking about investing in a garden room is: do I need planning permission?
A few factors determine whether you need to request planning permission from your local council, so let’s delve in.
Where You Live
So you’re dreaming of having your very own garden retreat? One thing that could affect your dreams is whether you live in protected areas, including areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), conservation areas or a World Heritage Site.
In these areas, councils must protect the area’s character, so any changes to your property usually require planning permission. This doesn’t mean your dreams won’t come true; it might just take a little longer. It’s important to contact your local council to determine your next steps.
The Size Of Your Garden Room
Garden buildings are usually classed as outbuildings, meaning that as long as they comply with size regulations and aren’t in a protected area, they don’t require planning permission.
Planning rules outline that garden buildings should be single storey and a maximum of 3 metres high (or 4 metres with a dual-pitched roof). If your garden room is within 2 metres of the boundary of your property, the maximum height is 2.5 metres.
These rules are outlined to protect your neighbours from being affected by large outbuildings blocking the light and obstructing their view.
Manufacturers of outbuildings are well aware of these regulations, and most garden rooms are built to comply so that you won’t have to worry.
The Size Of Your Garden
Another factor in determining whether you need planning permission is the size of your garden. The regulations are simply that no more than half of the area of land around your house can be covered by additional buildings.
This includes any buildings or sheds that you’ve already got, so it’s worth keeping in mind when you’re choosing your new garden room.
Using your garden room for games, outdoor bars, or a permanent home for your hot tub won’t require planning permission.
However, suppose you’re looking to create additional accommodation, such as an annex that will be a permanent residence. In that case, you’ll probably need planning permission to make this additional living area a legal residence.
Similarly, if you’re using your garden room as a base for your business, where you’ll be visited by paying guests, you need to apply for planning permission to register this space as your business address.
The good news is, most people who choose to buy a garden room won’t need to get planning permission. As long as you bear in mind the size restrictions, those who aren’t in a protected area can erect their perfect garden building without involving the local council.
If you live in a protected area, don’t lose hope – most planning applications for outbuildings do get approved; you just have to have a little patience.