Do I need planning permission to erect a shed or an outbuilding?
Outbuildings and sheds are a perfect way to add space to your property whether as an office, children’s playroom or as storage. It is simple to get permission for a lawful development if one follows the following guidelines:
- All developments must not be in front of the original house
- Outbuilding and other additions including all extensions must not exceed 50% of the total area around the original house
- It must not be a self-contained living accommodation (i.e. with a kitchen)
- It must be single storey
- If its within 2m of the property boundary the max overall height must be no more than 2.5m
- If its outside of 2m from the boundary the eaves should have a max height of 2.5m with a max overall height for dual pitched roof 4m and in all other cases 3m
- It must not have a microwave antenna
- A container such as those used for heating purposes shall not exceed 3500 litre capacity.
Please note: There are councils that have removed your permitted development rights to erect a shed or outbuilding. The permitted development allowances described above apply to houses only, and not to flats, maisonettes and listed buildings. Many properties within a conservation area are not entitled to build outbuildings without planning permission, as the council may have issues an “article 4”.
Although in some cases you may not need planning permission to erect a shed or outbuilding, nevertheless, there are still benefits of applying to the council for a lawful development certificate. By applying for a lawful development you will give yourself peace of mind and will give any future buyers of the property confidence that everything was carried out legally, lawfully and legitimately.
At 4D planning Consultants we aim to help you get all the permissions and lawful certificates for your proposed sheds or outbuildings.
Contact us for a no obligation phone conversation and we will offer you free advice and a free competitive quote for your planning or permitted-development application
For a summary of when you would probably need planning permission click here.
For more information on the planning process, click here.