Garden Room Planning Permission

We are very experienced regarding planning permission, call if you would like to chat through your ideas.

Many kinds of garden buildings and structures can be built in your garden or on the land around your house without the need to apply for planning permission. These can include sheds, garages, summerhouses, log cabins etc. For a fixed fee, we will carry out your planning permission for you or will offer advice if you would rather handle this yourself.

Current garden room planning guidelines are as follows:

  • 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!

  • Garden rooms 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).

  • Garden rooms 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Timber garden building with green sedum roof

Building Regulation Approval

  • If a structure is over 30 sq m internally you will need building regulation approval.   

The above information is supplied as a guide only, if you are in any doubt, do give us a call or visit the Government Planning Portal here: www.planningportal.gov.uk where you can apply for planning permission on-line. The illustrative guide below will quickly tell you if you need permission or not:

latest Mini-Guide to permitted development for outbuildings (England) 

Get in touch for more details or to discuss our planning application service.

What our customers say...

“First may I say we are highly delighted with the cabin. My mother was full of praise for the workmen who did a brilliant job in difficult weather conditions. She was most impressed with the fact that as to not mark the floor, they took their boots off when working inside the cabin.”

Mr Steele - Poole, Dorset

“ Just thought that I would write to say how wonderful the gazebo is now that it is fully installed and the paving re-laid. We are delighted & hope to make good use of it. Thank you for arranging the installation, delivery and of course the order itself. It was a pleasure to do business with you all. We have bought the wood preserver to put on and have yet to choose the paint colour. Just waiting for the weather to allow us to apply it! We know…”

Mr & Mrs Price - Crowborough

“We are delighted with the "bunkhouse" and have painted the inside - the beds are up and have been slept in. The grandchildren are going to have so much fun! ”

Mrs Franklin-Adams, Surrey

“From our initial enquiry to the finished product the whole experience has been very easy and professional ... I would like to thank you for your high quality of work and professional approach to the installation of our summerhouse. From the outset when it was clear that access may be an issue, through to tidying the site after the installation, you were efficient and focused. You even spent time discussing potential colour schemes. From our initial enquiry to the finished product the whole experience has been very easy and professional. Many thanks to all”

Mr Judson, Winchester

“Have been sitting in my super large summerhouse and relishing it Have been sitting in my super large summerhouse and relishing it! It’s been a long time coming and I feel very happy we have finally got there. I can’t wait to get it kitted out and we are using it to its full potential for both work and play. I would also like to add praise for the guys putting up the summerhouse: they not only worked hard, but were very courteous and polite, and coped very well with the few minor concerns I had. I will recommend…”

Mrs S, Buxton

“ Your team are excellent. The garden retreat looks perfect in the sunshine this afternoon. Thank you for this stunning building”

Mrs Flanagan - Swindon