A Guide to Planning Requirements

This information is for guidance purposes only and whilst given in good faith we cannot guarantee the accuracy herein (it is in no way the definitive article). We strongly recommend that you check with your Local Planning Authority if you are in any doubt as to whether you require Planning Permission.


Rules governing outbuildings apply to Sheds, Greenhouses and Garages as well as other ancillary Garden Buildings such as swimming Pools, Ponds, Saunas, log Cabins, and any structures (inc. Tennis Courts) which are for the purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house.

No Outbuildings on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation

No more than 50% of the area of land around the original house** should be taken up by garden buildings or other buildings.

Outbuildings should not be closer to a road or public highway than the original house** itself
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The building is to be placed less than 2.0m from the boundary of the property with a maximum overall height of no more than 2.5m from existing ground level.

The building is to be placed more than 2.0m from the boundary of the property. If this is the case, a single storey garden building can have a maximum eave height of 2.5m, which is a maximum overall height of 4.0m for an Apex roof and 3.0m maximum overall height for a pent roofed building.

** (The term original house means the house as it was first built or as it stood as of 1 July 1948 (if it was built before this date). Any extension, even if completed by a previous occupier, does not constitute as the original house.

You will need Planning Permission if you are in a National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Conservation Sites.

Please note The Permitted Development Allowances described here apply to Houses NOT Flats, Maisonettes or other buildings.

IF IN ANY DOUBT please contact your local Planning Department or consult their on-line Planning Portal.