Permitted Development Rights cover types of development on land which may not be visible from the front of the property or roadways. There has been a boom in the building of wooden garden offices. These are known as Class E buildings. Note: You cannot build these in your front garden without planning permission.
Garden buildings do not require planning permission if:
- The garden building is single storey and has eaves under 2.5 metres
- The height of the structure is no more than 4 metres for a dual-pitched roof
- The height of the garden building is under 3 metres for other types of roof
- The overall height is under 2.5 metres if the building is within 2 metres of the boundary, or border of your home
- The proposed building takes up less than 50 per cent of all land outside the house. This will include other buildings which are currently in the garden
- There is no balcony, or raised platform as part of the building
- If the structure is a container then its volume is under 3,500 litres
Where the property is listed, planning permission will be required regardless.
Use Of A Garden Building
If you are simply using your garden building as extra living space or as an office then you will not generally need planning permission. You will need permission if:
- You will use the building as sleeping accommodation
- The building will have an impact on your neighbour’s privacy. (Think treehouses!)