Planning Permission for a Garden Room – Is it required?
One of the most frequent questions we are asked is ‘Do I need planning permission for my ‘Garden Room?’
Planning permission is not required provided that…
- The garden room is used for domestic purposes only
- The ground area covered by the garden room and any other buildings within the boundary of the property, excluding the original house, is not more than half the total area of the property
- No part of the garden room is in front of the principal or side elevation of the original house that faces onto a road
- The maximum height of the garden room is 4 metres
- The maximum eaves height of the garden room is 2.5 metres if it is within 2 metres of the property boundary
- No part of the garden room is within 3.5 metres of the boundary with a road to the rear of the house
- If you live in a house within a World Heritage Site, area of outstanding natural beauty of National Park the maximum total area of ground covered by buildings, enclosures and pools situated more than 20 metres from any wall of the house does not exceed 10 square metres
- If you live in a house within a conservation area, World Heritage Site, area of outstanding beauty or National Park the garden room is not situated between the principal or side elevation of the house and its boundary
- The building is not used for the keeping of pigeons
If you live in a house which is a listed building, it is likely that you will need Listed Building Consent for any building operations. If the development is within the curtilage of a listed building you may need to submit a planning application for the work unless listed building consent has already been granted. Your local area planning office will be able to advise you.
If you are unsure whether you need planning permission for your garden room, contact us directly at email@example.com and we can guide you through the process.