Do I need Planning Permission if I want to build a Garden Office?

When it comes to planning a garden office or the majority of outbuildings, in most cases it is a simple process and will not require any permission to be able to build them but there is always the potential that they will and this will all depend on certain factors of the build.

The location of the building and the intended use of said building must be well thought-out, in general it is these elements that will make up the case for needing permission or not.


What is the design of the building and where will it be located?

You will be happy to know that the Governments rules on planning for an outbuilding are fairly lenient and most people’s proposed buildings will fit within the restrictions below and will be able to move on to the next question they need to ask.

Restrictions on outbuildings are:

  • No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation of the house.
  • Outbuildings to be single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and
  • Dual pitched roofs maximum height is 4 metres and any other roof is 3 metres
  • If within 2 metres of the garden boundary it must have a maximum height of 2.5 metres
  • No raised platforms, verandas or balconies
  • No more than 50% of the land around the property will be covered by the proposed structure

These rules are debated and outlined in further detail on the site

As mentioned above if your building meets the criteria you are ready to move on to the next step but if this is not the case it is strongly advised that you seek out a professional for further discussion and advice on obtaining your planning permission.


Note: If you are planning to do any of this in a conservation area or the grounds of a listed building then you must seek permission first.


What is your garden building intended be used for?


What your buildings primary use is going to be will ultimately decide if it fits in to the ‘incidental’ category and will play a major part in whether you need planning permission.

Incidental structures are considered to be any building that you would do activities or contain anything you would not normally do or store in your home, such as summerhouses, sheds or chicken hutches for example.

Things to consider are:

  • Will goods be going back and forth from the garden office on a regular basis
  • If any employees will be working there and how many
  • The amount and regularity of visitors/clients likely to come to the premises
  • Will anyone be sleeping in the structure
  • Anything that may disturb neighbours?
  • Will builders be able to access it easily for construction
  • Will your garden office require any plumbing


Don’t be tempted to skip the planning permission stage


Building any structure in your garden without checking for planning permission beforehand is never a good idea. You might think your buildings fine but at any moment, be it years down the line or days later the council can issue you with a retrospective planning application for any building that doesn’t fit the guidelines and can refuse your submission. If they choose to they can also force you to deconstruct your Garden office.


This would be such a shame, especially as local authorities seem to be quite positive about Garden Offices and in most cases do not refuse planning permission for them.


Please note this is just a guide and you should always check with your local authority about planning permission before starting any construction or building any structure on your land.

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