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Do I Need Planning Permission for my New Garden Shed0?

When we come to buying a garden shed, summerhouse or other garden building it is quite easy to just look at the glossy brochures, flashy web sites or, ideally and really recommended, visit a garden shed show room and think that is all there is to it. Besides paying for it, of course. You need also a decent base for your shed to ensure the longest of life because if you don’t you will find your new garden building won’t last as long as it should.

However, over and above everything else, you need to think about whether planning permission is required. Over the years the regulations and guidelines have changed which reflects changing needs. Always consider any advice available and if in any doubt give your local planning officer a ring at your local council.

The main requirement is that your proposed garden shed or summerhouse is at least 2m away from the boundary IF the building is over 2.5m tall. Below 2.5m you can build next to the boundary. Whereas most sheds and summerhouses are below 2.5m some aren’t so always ask. You will find that decent garden building companies, such as 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, can reduce the height slightly to ensure you don’t fall foul of this restriction.

Garden Shed Dilemma: Navigating the Planning Permission Maze

In the following situations, you would need planning permission for your new shed, summerhouse or outdoor building. If the property is a flat, maisonette or used for any business then planning permission will normally be required. You will also find if the gutters or foundations of the building intrude over your boundary then permission is likely to be required.

If you are thinking of living in there then this would require planning permission as well as building regulations approval. Usage as a business would sometimes be all right provided you are not employing people in there but ALWAYS check with your local planning officer to be sure.

The proposed garden shed, summerhouse or outbuilding must not be forward of any wall forming the front of the original house, it must not be more than one storey high and no higher than 4 metres with an apex roof or 3m with a pent (single sloping) roof. It must not take up more than half your garden, must not have a raised decking of over 30cm (about 1 foot) or have a veranda or balcony. In most of these instances planning permission may be required so double check with your local planning officer.

Other instances where planning permission would be required for your new garden shed is if your property is a listed building if it is on a conservation area or in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Your local planning officer again will provide guidance for these instances.

Understanding the Basics: Do You Need Planning Permission for a Garden Shed?

It’s sometimes the case that a garden shed, summerhouse or other garden building have been erected without permission and you will find that the planning officer may require retrospective planning permission. This happened to an Unverston house owner who had erected a lean-to garden shed without planning permission. The local planning officers granted permission in spite of local complaints who claimed the garden shed would increase the flooding risk in that area.

These same residents then claimed that the garden shed would be used to house pigeons, however, the local planning committee decided that the garden shed was not in breach of any regulations or guidelines. The reasoning for this was that scale of the garden shed in relation to the size of the house and garden area was not unreasonable. It could not be seen to be an over development of the land. It would seem that a degree of common sense has gone into this decision.

Clearly planning laws are there to protect the interests of the community in general, and this is important, however common senses needs to be the watchword, certainly to a garden shed. I would also advise speaking to your local planning officer informally if there is any doubt at all. They are usually happy to do that. Sometimes when asking about planning application for your new shed the planning officer would grant a letter of entitlement to give you peace of mind.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Determining if Planning Permission is Required for Your Garden Shed

In all instances, it’s a good idea to let your neighbours know before your new garden shed, summerhouse or log cabin arrives. This will ensure they can give their point of view and save possible friction afterwards which can grow to trouble for you. So best to work with others rather than fight against them.

The above advice is given in good faith based on my understanding of planning requirements after 39 years in the garden shed business. As I say always double check with your local planning officers to be 100% sure.

Author is Robin Antill - expert in garden buildings Written By Robin - Expert in Garden Buildings For 44 Years.
Hi, I'm Robin Antill, founder of 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, and I use my expertise gained over 44 years in the garden buildings industry to understand that each customer is different. With my manufacturing, retailing and customer service experience my articles help people choose their ideal shed, garden workshop, summerhouse, log cabin or garden office needs to suit their requirement and that is key to satisfaction. And what do I do when I'm not writing? You may find me following Grimsby Town Football Club or riding roller coasters - so plenty of 'ups and downs' in my life.

About Author:

Robin Antill is an established authority in the field of quality garden building manufacturing, boasting over four decades of experience. Having founded Titan Garden Buildings in 1979, he demonstrated a commitment to excellence from the outset by moving away from subpar materials and embarking on crafting buildings of superior quality.

His lineage of craftsmanship, traced back to his father and grandfather's business in Cleethorpes, underscores his dedication to quality and customer satisfaction. Robin's son, Craig, who joined the business in 1990, brings additional expertise, having honed his skills at Guildford College in joinery.

Together, they elevated Titan Garden Buildings, which eventually evolved into 1st Choice Leisure Buildings. Their enduring focus on premium materials, top-notch manufacturing, and unparalleled customer service, along with Craig's digital acumen in creating the company's online presence, showcase their expertise and reliability in the industry.

Robin’s expertise was featured in Realtor.com, Homes&Gardens, The London Economic, and dozens other publications.

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