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The most frequent question we are asked is "do I need planning permission for my garden building"?


The good news is if you want to put up a timber garden structures such as a Garden Shed, Summerhouses or Garages, building regulations will not normally apply. Whether you need planning permission or not will all depend on where you wish to place the building in your garden and if you live in an area that has been designated as a national park or similar. Providing certain criteria are met and the building is considered permitted development, you can proceed without needing permission.

Outbuildings that are considered to be permitted development and not needing planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.

  • Outbuildings and garages to be single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for any other roof.

  • Maximum height of 2.5 metres in the case of a building within 2 metres of a boundary.


  • Within the curtilage of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.

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