Planning Permission? - Garden Retreat The Timber Building Company
Many kinds of buildings and structures can be built in your garden or on the land around your house without the need to apply for planning permission. These can include sheds, garages, greenhouses and summerhouses etc.
We can assist you on aspects of planning, please give us a call for advice on 01202 473 904.
Do I Need Planning Permission?
You will need to apply for planning permission if any of the following cases apply;
- You want to put up a building which would be nearer to any highway than the nearest part of the original house, unless there would be at least 20m between the new building and any highway
- More than half the area of land around the “original house” would be covered by additions or other buildings.
- Your house is a listed building, and you want to put up a building or structure with a volume of more than 10 cubic metres.
- The building or structure is not to be used for purposes ancillary to domestic use and is to be used instead, for example, for parking a commercial vehicle, running a business or for storing goods in connection with a business.
- You want to put up a building or structure which is more than 3 metres high, or more than 4 metres high if it has a ridged roof. (Measure from the highest ground next to it.)
- You live in a Conservation Area, a National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or the Broads, and you want to put up a building or structure with a volume of more than 10 cubic metres (though it might be allowable as an extension).
- Note: In all cases, if your new building would have a volume over 10 cubic metres and come within 5 metres of the house, you need to be aware that it could be treated as an extension (and its volume deducted) when calculating your entitlement to extend the house. Also, if your new extension would bring some existing garden building within 5 metres of the (extended) house, that existing building’s volume could be deducted from your overall volume entitlement for the house, as if it were another extension.
The above information is supplied as a guide only, we are always happy to assist customers in checking planning details, however if you are in any doubt, we recommend you contact your local planning office or visit
For further information or advice, please contact us either on-line, by telephone on 01202 473 904 or follow this link www.planningportal.gov.uk where you can apply for planning permission on-line. and get lots more useful information.