Posted 13th February
Homeowners are being encouraged to get to grips with the latest garden building regulations to ensure they don't unwittingly break the law
Before you think about adding a garden building to your inventory, such as a log cabin, garden shed or summerhouse, you'd find yourself subject to a particular set of planning permission rules.
Whether or not you actually need to apply for this planning permission will come down to where you wanth to place it and where you live.
Provided you meet certain criteria, homeowners will be able to proceed with their installations without needing to be granted permissions. However, there are certain considerations to ponder before choosing your ideal garden building.
A spokesperson for GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk, who have compiled a short guide offering advice, said: "Thousands of families across the UK are lucky enough to enjoy various garden buildings, and the majority of these will rightly be deemed appropriate in the eyes of the law."
"I suspect there are a minority of homeowners, however, that haven’t bothered to check whether their outdoor building complies with regulations and in failing to do so, are in fact breaking a number of planning permission laws."
"If your dream summer house is a two-storey timber structure with a fancy balcony, for instance, you will need to obtain planning permission before installing it."
"Similarly, if you are lucky enough to live in a listed building or on designated land, there’s a certain set of rules you will have to follow before building an outdoor office or playhouse, too."
Your garden building will be considered a Permitted Development and will not need planning permission so long as:
1 The building has a maximum overall height of no more than 2.5m from existing ground level, a maximum overall height of 4m with a dual-pitched roof, or 3m of any other roof.
2 The building is placed more than 2m from your property's boundaries.
3 The building will not be used as self-contained living accommodation.
4 The building is single storey and does not include any verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
5 The building doesn't take up more than 50 per cent of the area of land around the original house.
6 The building is closer to the original house than it is to a road or public highway.
7 The building has an internal size of up to 30m only.
8 The building is not placed within the curtilage of a listed property.
9 The building does not cover an area larger than 10m2 if it is to be placed on designated land - this refers to national parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, World Heritage Sites, or the Broads.
10 The building is not placed to the side of a property on designated land.