Do I Need Planning Permission for my Summer House?
Summer houses are deemed to be ‘permitted developments’ which means that planning permission should not be required as long as they adhere to the following rules:
- If the summer house is within 2 metres of the property’s boundary, the building’s maximum overall height (including the roof) must be under 2.5 metres.
- If the summer house is over 2 metres from your property’s boundary, the building’s maximum eaves height must be under 2.5 metres. A summer house with a pent or hip roof can have a total height of up to 3 meters, while a summer house with an apex roof can have a total height of up to 4 meters.
- The summer house must not be over 30m2 internally and must not be installed in front of the property.
- The summer house, and other garden buildings, must not take up more than 50% of land around the house.
- The summer house must not be used as self-contained accommodation.
- Additional rules are in effect for areas of interest (i.e. national parks) or listed buildings.
As buildings increase in size they tend to increase in height, but we can manufacture most of our garden buildings to be under 2.5 metres in height, if required. Make sure to check with your local council, as planning permission regulations can vary depending on location. This list is not exhaustive - for more information, please visit the government Planning Portal.