Garden rooms - Is Planning Permission Needed?

Garden Rooms Planning Permission


Garden Rooms are more popular than ever and are a great solution for hobby rooms, working from home and a cost effective solution for running a business.  However the prospect of obtaining planning permission can be really off-putting.

Here we briefly look at some of the guidance available in terms of what is generally permitted in terms of Garden Rooms and avoiding the need to submit a Planning Application (a site visit by a Wetheralds Design Consultant will confirm your requirements).

As many changes to the home require planning permission it’s often the first question we are asked…

Planning permission is not usually required for a Garden Room.

Any Garden Room must be located to the back of your home.

Every Wetheralds Garden Room Style is compliant with permitted development.

Eaves height of under 2.5m and under 30m2 does not require planning permission.

There are restrictions in Conservation areas so Local Planning Authority should be sought.

Do WETHERALDS Garden Rooms need Planning Permission?

One of the greatest advantages of a Garden Room (as it’s not attached to the structure of your home) is that in most instances, the installation will be classed as permitted development.  There are some specific exclusions depending upon your circumstances and where you would like to locate the Garden Room, but each of our Garden Room styles is compliant with the guidance for permitted development.

Most Garden Rooms Do Not Need Planning Permission

How Will You Use Your Garden Room?

How you plan to use your Garden Room will more than likely have a bearing on where it’s located.  There are some specifics that we will check as part of our site visit in order to advise on the maximum size allowed.

You can only use a maximum of 50% of your original garden space for development, this will include any other extensions or garden buildings that you already have installed.

Permitted development of a Garden Room is only allowed for “purposes incidental to the dwelling house”.  Uses such as a home office, hobby room, garden room, or home gym would all be acceptable.

Although you cannot, for example use your building as a self-contained living accommodation, putting a sofa bed in your Garden Room so that guests can occasionally stay there would be OK and will not require planning permission.  But if you want to create a self-contained accommodation, or granny annexe, you must apply for planning permission and meet building regulations.

If your garden room structure doesn’t require sign-off from a building regulation inspector, it may still require a building control compliance certificate.

Your Wetheralds Design Consultant will advise on all aspects of Planning Permission after a site survey.

Do you need Planning Permission?

To find out if you need Planning Permission for your Garden Room please get in touch to arrange a call with our Design Consultant or to arrange a Site Survey.