We would always advise that you check with your local planning authority or online, the points below are general guidelines. Carr’s are not planning experts so please check if unsure.
Outbuildings must not cover more than half the area of land around the “original house”.
You must apply for planning if your building or structure is to be used for running a business or storing commercial goods.
You must apply for planning for separate self-contained living accommodation and for microwave antennas.
Garden buildings are not permitted development forward of the principal elevation of your house. This means the house as it was originally built or as it stood on 1 July 1948.
Buildings or structures that are positioned within 2 metres of your boundary (in England) must not exceed 2.5m in height. We can design your garden office, summerhouse or log cabin to be under 2.5m in height to keep the planners happy!
Buildings or structures that are positioned more than 2 metres from your boundary must not exceed 3 metres in height, or more than 4 metres high with a ridged roof. (Most of our buildings are under 4 metres in height).
You must apply for planning permission if your house is listed, you live within a conservation area, a national park or the broads, an area of outstanding natural beauty (A.O.B.) or a world heritage site. In these areas, the total area of any building (more than 20 metres from the wall of your house) must not exceed 10 sqm.