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Is Your Garden Building Breaking Regulations?

Homeowners improving their indoor garden spaces are being encouraged to get to grips with important building regulations. The experts at online garden building retailer have compiled advice on the ins-and-outs of planning permission law for outdoor buildings, to stay on the right side of the law. Whether someone will need planning permission or not largely depends on where you wish to place the building and where it is going to be in the UK.

Brits will usually be able to proceed with their installations without any extra permissions needed, providing they meet certain criteria. However, there are still many considerations to ponder before choosing your ideal garden building. A spokesperson for commented: “Thousands of families across the UK are lucky enough to enjoy an indoor space in their garden, and the majority of these will rightly be deemed appropriate in the eyes of the law. “We suspect there are a minority of homeowners, however, that haven’t checked 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 summerhouse is a two-storey timber structure with a fancy balcony, for instance, you will need to obtain planning permission before even thinking about 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 require planning permission as long as it:

  • Is single storey and does not feature any verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • Does not take up more than 50% of the area of land around the original house.
  • 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 for any other roof.
  • Will be placed more than 2m from your property’s boundaries.
  • Will not be used as self-contained living accommodation.
  • Is closer to the original house than it is to a road or public highway
  • Has an internal size of 30m2 or less.
  • Is not placed close, or within a small radius of a listed property.
  • Does not cover an area larger than 10m2 if it is to be place on designated land – this refers to national parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, World Heritage Sites, or the Broads.
  • Will not be placed to the side of a property on designated land.

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This story was published on: 11/06/2021

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