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Do I need planning permission for a garden room?

Your new garden room should be a space to relax and unwind, and having to go through a planning application process can really take all the enjoyment out of the experience.


Our 3m x 3m garden gym

We often get asked whether our garden rooms need planning permission and how big they can be without it. Fortunately, many garden buildings can be installed without planning permission as they fall under “permitted development”. However, there are some exceptions depending on your circumstances and the location of the room.


Considerations and exceptions


If you live in an AONB, National Park, World Heritage Site, or a listed building, you may need to obtain planning permission to install one of our garden rooms. Also, permitted development does not apply to flats or maisonettes, and some properties may have their rights removed.


To ensure your building is compliant, it must be located at the side or rear of your home as no development is allowed to the front of a property. If you live in a conservation area, only development to the rear of the home is permitted. Our pods are built to fall within the 2.5m height restriction set out by the legislation, meaning they can be situated close to your boundary if required.


You will also need to check your property, garden, and what you intend to use the building for. You can only use a maximum of 50% of your original garden space for development, which includes any other extensions or garden buildings you already have installed. The intended purpose of the garden room is also important; it must be for "purposes incidental to the dwellinghouse", such as a home office, hobby room, garden room, or home gym. You cannot use your building as self-contained living accommodation.


Get started


If you would like further information, please contact us and we can discuss your options. Our team can help you create the perfect garden pod while ensuring it complies with planning permission regulations.

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