All those who posses a garden shed know how important it is, as you can easy store different materials and items, storing garden equipment, kids’ toys, furniture, bikes being an extremely useful building.  So not only does a shed serve your needs, but it also adds more to the beauty of your garden. As with all other building structures, there are a number of regulations for sheds. While you construct your shed, you have to ascertain you are meeting all of them.

garden sheds planning permissions

We suggest that before you begin your shed project, you should find out more about planning permission for sheds.  In most cases, your shed contractor should be able to help you out with this.

Have I need special planning permission to have a shed?

The answer to this question depends on a number of factors such as the locality in which you live and the type of shed which you are going to construct. Under the planning and building regulations for sheds, these structures are more formally referred to as outbuildings. The same term is also used for greenhouses and garages.

The construction of all outbuildings, whether it is a shed or another structure, is classified as a Permitted Development. This means that you do not need any shed planning permission if you are following the standards enforced. These are as follows.

  • The shed should be a single storey building.
  • There must be no platform, balcony, veranda or any other protruding structure constructed with the shed.
  • The maximum height of shed is limited to three metres. An exception in this regard is for sheds with a dual pitched roof. These type of sheds can be as high as four metres.
  • If the site at which you are planning to construct the shed is within two metres of the boundary of your property, the height of your shed can only be two and a half metres high.
  • The total area occupied by the shed cannot be more than 15 square metres.
  • All extensions to your home and all your outbuildings including the shed cannot cover an area that is greater than 50% of the area around the original construction of your house.
  • The shed which you construct must not obstruct any walls on the front side of your house.
  • The end should not impinge a conservation area, landscape of natural beauty, or any designated land protected by the government.

My shed does not meet all the standards and so I do need garden shed planning permission. What can I do?

As already mentioned, your shed contractor should be able to help you with this. You can also take advice from a local planning office in your area. These meetings are usually short and no charges are incurred for this.

While having a word with the authorities, try to supply as much information as you can. This will ascertain that no issues arise when you submit your project and acquire permission on it. During the pre-application meeting, you can show the site plan, dimension, orientation, and drawings or photos of your proposed structure to the concerned people. Also let them realize that you are aware of planning permissions and building regulations for sheds.

You can also contact the local planning office in writing. In this case, you should allow two weeks for a response.

Will I have to bear any costs?

You have to pay around £150 to £200 when you submit an application for planning permission. Once you do this, it will take around eight to ten weeks for a decision to be finalised.

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