Do I need planning permission?

Take a moment to have a big cheer, because in most cases no, you don’teven if your home happens to be in a conservation area, or an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). Our garden rooms are normally covered by the government’s ‘Permitted Development’ rules, providing it:

  • Does not take up more than 50% of your garden
  • Is under 30 square metres 
  • Is single story and no higher than 2.5m (if within 2m of the boundary)
  • Is not in front of your house
  • Does not have a balcony, veranda or raised platform (decking can be fitted to a height of 300mm)
  • Will not be used as a regular base for client meetings/appointments e.g. it must not create a ‘marked’ rise in traffic, or people
  • Does not contain sleeping accommodation 

Flats and listed buildings do need planning permission, but don’t let that get your spirits down. Our in-house planning experts will submit your application, subject to an additional charge.


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