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Do you need planning permission for your garden building - infographic

6th February 2019

Most garden buildings come under permitted development rights, which means you don’t need planning permission. Good news if you’re planning to add a shed, summer house, log cabin or home office to your garden. But how do you know if you need planning permission?

Check out our quick infographic guide below to find out:

Do you need planning permission for you garden building - infographic

8 reasons you might need planning permission

If you’re unsure whether your proposed garden building requires planning permission, check with your local authority before you begin. Here are some of the most common reasons you may need to apply:

  • Your shed is larger than the permitted size. For example, the maximum eaves height must not exceed 2.5m.
  • Your garden building takes up more than 50% of your garden.
  • You’re planning to use the garden building as self-contained living accommodation.
  • It will be the main premises of a registered business.
  • You want to put the building in your front garden.
  • Your garden building has an area of more than 10sq metres and will be erected more than 20m from your house.
  • It will sit in the grounds of a listed building, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or in a conservation area.
  • You live in Scotland or Northern Ireland.
  • Also check that Permitted Development Rights for outbuildings are intact and have not been removed by condition or an Article 4 direction.

Not sure if some of the criteria we’ve mentioned affects you? Don’t be put off. Your local authority planning department will be happy to discuss your ideas and it’s incredibly easy to apply for planning permission online via

For more information, download our free comprehensive guide to planning permission.

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