Where Can I Build In My Garden Without Planning Permission?

If you’re looking into planning permission for your garden, then you’re probably thinking about installing a garden room or office.

As luxurious wooden structures that can be placed (almost) anywhere in your garden, garden rooms can be the ideal solution if you need a little extra space. Whether you want an outdoor home office, music studio, or summer house, they’re a great investment for homeowners and can really bring your garden space to life.

Though adding a new structure to your garden is an exciting process, some people are put off by the prospect of needing planning permission. This is understandable. However, the good news is — it isn’t always necessary.

In this article, we’ll be looking at where you can build in your garden without planning permission.

Let’s get into it…

wooden garden building with greenery

Do You Need Planning Permission for Gardens?

If you own your property, you can do what you like with your garden — just within reason. If you’re hoping to create a bountiful vegetable patch, plant your favourite flowers, or do a touch of landscaping, go for it! 

Nevertheless, if you’re looking to add a structure to your garden, you’ll either need to abide by permitted development rules or seek planning permission. Permitted development restrictions will limit where in your garden you can build your garden office, so you’ll need to look at them carefully and work out what they mean for you.

How Big Can an Outbuilding be Without Planning Permission?

If you want to skip the (sometimes lengthy) process of getting planning permission, stick to these rules:

  • Outbuildings and garages should be single-storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres. They must have a maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for any other roof.
  • There is a maximum height requirement of 2.5 metres in the case of a building, enclosure or container within two metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse.
  • No more than half the area of land around the “original house” can be covered by additions or other buildings.
  • In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers and pools more than 20 metres from the house to be limited to 10 square metres.

What Can You Build in Your Garden without Planning Permission?

In terms of what you can build, you have a lot of freedom. Whether you’re after a greenhouse or playhouse, shed or sauna room, these can all be constructed (so long as you stick to the rules).

Whatever you build, keep in mind:

  • There must be no outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
  • You can have no verandas, balconies or raised platforms (a platform must not exceed 0.3 metres in height).

Plus, regardless of the type or size of outbuilding you have in mind, note:

  • On designated land buildings, enclosures, containers and pools at the side of properties will require planning permission.
  • Within the curtilage of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.

For more details, visit the Planning Portal site.

Warwick Buildings

At Warwick Buildings, we’re committed to building the best garden rooms for our clients. All our outdoor offices and garden rooms are made using the highest quality, insulated buildings to make them perfect for year-round use.

Try our interactive builder and build the garden room of your dreams. From the doors and windows to the size and internal lining, you can custom design every component for your garden room. 

Visit our Warwickshire showroom to see some examples or contact us today to chat about your dream build.