DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION FOR A GARDEN ROOM?

We get this one a lot!

THE GOOD NEWS

The great news is that most of the time you will not need planning permission to build your garden room. They are viewed as outbuildings, which are classified as “Permitted Development”. This means that they don’t need planning permission if they follow the guidelines, which we cover below. 

At Createspace we have experience in managing not only a beautiful build but also the requirements and specifications required by the development regulations. We take the stress out of this part of your project and are here to answer any questions you may have about this process.

MOST GARDEN BUILDINGS UNDER 2.5M HIGH DO NOT NEED PLANNING PERMISSION

To be considered “permitted development”, and not require planning permission, the garden room needs to be:

  • Placed less than 2m from the boundary of the property 
  • The maximum overall height should not exceed 2.5m from ground level 
  • Has an internal floor area of less than 30m

If you meet these criteria then garden buildings are generally exempt from planning and building regulations. With our bespoke garden room designs we can help you get the most out of the space you have for your dream room.

If you plan on using your garden building as regular sleeping accommodation however you will need planning permission. This is because any sleep accommodation is required to meet building regulations.

WHEN WOULD I NEED PLANNING?

You would also need planning if your garden building stands in front of your house fronting the highway, if it takes up more than half the land around the original house, or if it’s built on the property of a listed building or conservation area. 

If you are not sure if these requirements apply to your build, or would like some more detailed advice we recommend you take a look at the government’s online planning portal.

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GALLERY

Custom built, high-end, luxurious garden rooms are our craft, and we love working with our customers to create inspirational builds. Whether you are looking for a clean contemporary modular room or a more rustic traditional sustainable look, then we can help as all of our projects are made for you individually. 

Straight out of the box builds don’t work for us, so we tailor our garden rooms to fit your specific needs. We love being able to stand back and see a great looking building built from scratch and designed to fit you.