Whether or not you need planning permission for a new shed, summer house or carport / garage on your property depends on various factors, although you can rest assured that in most cases it isn’t necessary. For a quick rundown of the details that affect whether you need planning permission, read on.
Updates to planning permission rules in recent years have made it much easier to build sheds and similar structures on your property without needing to get caught up in regulations. Since 2008, buildings like sheds have been covered by ‘permitted development rights’, which means that if you follow certain rules, you have automatic planning permission without having to apply for it.
As long as your garden building meets the following requirements, no permission should be necessary:
If you plan on installing sleeping accommodation or a shower or toilet in the building, then planning permission probably will be needed. Similarly, if you plan on running a home business from the building, planning permission will most likely need to be sought.
Generally speaking, no. If you abide by the rules above, whether your garden building is going to be made of bricks, plastic or wood, you probably don’t need to apply for planning permission.
Yes, a few. If you…
…then planning permission will need to be sought.
Yes, as long as you’re keeping the pets or livestock – including poultry and bees – for the domestic use and enjoyment of the residents of the property, it shouldn’t be an issue.
A word of warning: if you put up your building and the planning department determines that you did need planning permission after all, they can demand that you take the building down again. If you’re feeling uncertain whether your plans are covered by the planning permission rules or not, it’s best to get in touch with your local council and talk to them about it before going any further.
Please note that the handy tips in this article do not constitute legal advice, and all planning permission decisions are dependent on local authorities. You can contact your local council for more information.
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