Do I Need Planning Permission for a Garden Office?

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If you’re considering investing in a garden office to take you away from the noise and distractions of the rest of the house, then you may be worried about planning permission.  For those who have had other building work done, you will also remember how tricky building control approval can also be.

The good news is that for small garden buildings, neither of these things should be an issue.  Firstly, provided that the building is less than 30m2, then it does not require to be covered under building regulations.  Our Four Seasons Garden Rooms are all under this size to make this hurdle easy.

The Government’s planning portal produces some excellent mini guides and the one covering outbuildings is very clear. They are considered “permitted development” (ir not requiring planning permission) if the following conditions are met:

  • Height: Maximum eaves height of 2.4m and overall height of 4m (3m for mono-pitch or flat roof). If within 2m of the boundary, not exceeding 2.5m in height.
  • Area: Does not exceed 50% of the total area of land around the original house.
  • Location: Not to the front or side of the building
  • Listing: Not within the grounds of a listed building. (Special rules cover National Parks)

So it can be very straightforward to get going quickly with a garden office if you remain compliant with these limitations.

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