Do You Need Planning Permission for a Summerhouse?

There’s a lot to consider when buying a garden building, and a summer house is no exception. But in the end, it usually boils down to planning permission.

Knowing how and when to get one is essential to ensuring legal and safe progress. Here’s everything you need to know.

Are Summer Houses Under Garden Building Regulations?

BillyOh Petra Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Summerhouse
BillyOh Petra Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Summerhouse

Yes, summer houses are subject to garden building regulations. They are classified as garden buildings, so they fall under these guidelines. Such structures are mostly designed for leisure within the confines of a green space.

Garden building regulations outline specific requirements for structures within a garden. This includes the size, placement, and safety considerations. These regulations ensure your garden room isn’t too big or too small, in the right spot, and won’t cause any problems.

Keep in mind that building regulations don’t cover the same codes as planning permission. Knowing their differences, though, will help you assess what’s best for your summer house.

What Are the Legal Considerations for Summer House Planning Permission?

BillyOh Picton Corner Summerhouse
BillyOh Picton Corner Summerhouse

Summer houses carefully positioned within a garden typically don’t need planning permission. However, there are specific restrictions to consider:

  • If your summer house is within 2 meters of your boundary, it should not exceed 2.5 meters at its tallest point. Measurements may vary by region. Always consult your Local Planning Authority (LPA) if it’s close to a neighbour’s boundary.
  • Planning permission is necessary if the unit covers more than half the garden. Or if it exceeds 3 meters in height with a pent roof or 4 metres with an apex roof. Additionally, the eaves must not exceed 2.5 metres.
  • The summer house’s internal area should not exceed 30m², and it should not be placed in front of the property. Furthermore, it must not occupy more than 50% of the property’s land.

If either of these applies, you’ll need planning permission prior to building a summer house. The same goes if you live in designated land, such as National Parks or Conservation Areas.

What Steps Are Necessary to Obtain Planning Requirements?

BillyOh Bella Tongue and Groove Pent Summerhouse
BillyOh Bella Tongue and Groove Pent Summerhouse

Here are the steps to get planning requirements for your summer house project:

  • Research local council’s planning rules.
  • Check regulations for your specific area.
  • Consult the council’s website for clear explanations.
  • Ensure compliance before buying or installing.

Always check before purchasing and installing a summer house to get planning requirements. This may require additional paperwork, but it will ensure you avoid any legal issues. Seeking planning permission also allows you to process with confidence.

The local council’s website is the best resource for understanding the rules. Always consult your LPA to ensure compliance, as they can vary from county to county. 

If you have any further questions, contact us and don’t hesitate to give us a call at 01909 768840. Explore our fantastic range of the finest summer houses for sale if you’re on the quest for one!

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