Do I Need Planning Permission For a Garage?

Permitted Development is the term given to projects for your home that no longer require planning permission so long as they fall within a strict set of criteria.

This article explores whether you need planning permission for a garage or not and which factors need to be considered to make sure you stay within the permitted development rules.

We are frequently asked, “Do I need planning permission for a garage?”.  With the recent relaxation of planning laws, the answer is often no.  However there are a number of requirements that need to be met in order for this to be the case.

The location of the garage is the most important factor in determining whether it can be built without planning permission.  If you have space to the side or back of your house then you are likely to be able to build without permission.  However if the garage would extend your principal front elevation then you would need to contact your council’s planning department to request permission.

A Garage is considered to be an outbuilding and is considered permitted development.  This means that planning permission is not needed subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
  • Outbuildings and garages to be single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for any other roof.
  • Maximum height of 2.5 metres if the garage is within 2 metres of the border of the property, e.g. close to your neighbours house you can’t build a 2 storage garage/extension without approval.
  • No more than half the area of land around the “original house”* would 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 house to be limited to 10 square metres.
  • 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.

*The term “original house” means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so.

*Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.

If you have any questions regarding this then please feel free to get in touch or comment below.

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