Is planning permission required?

Planning or non-planning? It’s the big question everyone thinks about when starting to consider their new Garden Room project. Planning permission rules and regulations are enough to give you a headache, however, here at Garden Lodges, we have over several years’ experience in dealing with planning issues and advice.

We make the decision process easy, where we have two different options to choose from:

Either our bespoke Garden Room range, which can be designed to your exact specification and height. Most garden buildings do not require planning permission if they are under 2.49m in height.

If your new Garden Studio or Office is over 2.49m in height, you will require planning permission. However if you choose a Garden Lodge (a Garden Room with a pitched roof), in most cases you are allowed a maximum pitch height of 4 metres and a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres.

A little tip:
Always check that your permitted development rights have not been removed, or that you live within the grounds of a listed building or on designated land. Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.

An example of a Garden Studio we have built in Central London, which is under 2.49m in height
An example of a Garden Studio we have built in Central London, which is under 2.49m in height

Things to consider: Planning and permitted development tips:

The maximum heights that you can build a Garden Lodge, Office or Studio without planning permission have been outlined to protect the welfare of neighbours from overshadowing,
loss of light etc. Read our helpful tips below…

What will you use it for?
To decide whether you need planning permission or not, you need to consider what you’ll use your new garden building for.

Will it be used to run a business?
If you are running a business from a Garden Office full time you may require planning permission, even if the building is less than 2.49m tall. If you only occasionally work in your Garden Office, you may not need planning permission.

‘Incidental’ is a key word:
An “incidental” building is used for leisure activities, hobbies or used to store items that you wouldn’t keep in the house. A garden lodge will need planning permission if it’s ancillary to the house. Ancillary means generally anything you (as a person) could do normally in a standard house as built; e.g. eat and sleep etc. It’s up to the applicant to demonstrate the proposed buildings purposes.

What is curtilage?
Curtilage is the area, usually enclosed, encompassing the grounds and buildings immediately surrounding a home, ie. your formal garden area. No more than half the area of land around the “original house” should be covered by additions or other buildings.

To speak to one of our Surveyors about what Garden Room is right for your garden, book no obligation site survey today, and receive an itemised quotation, floor plan and 3D drawings.