Planning Permission

Our guide to legal considerations for you Smart Garden Room

Planning Permission

In general, our pre-designed Smart Garden Rooms that are carefully positioned within your back garden do no need planning permission, however, there are a few legal and visual considerations to be aware of.

Smart Garden Rooms - Legal Considerations

There are planning rules governing all outbuildings, including our smart garden rooms, summer houses, timber and metal sheds, garages and greenhouses, as well as swimming pools and tennis enclosures. Generally, you do not need to seek planning permission for an outbuilding if it is at the back or side of the house; if it does not take up more than 50% of the space. Most people planning a smart garden room or summer house meet these criteria and can go ahead with building their smart garden room. We always endeavour to check and help you in making sure you do not require planning permission when giving you your free quote. However, there are a few exceptions and restrictions in the UK, including:
  • If you plan to put a Smart Garden Room within 2 metres of your boundary, it will be no taller than 2.5 metres at its highest point (which our pre-designed rooms do not exceed). These measurements vary across counties and regions, so you should always check with the local planning authority if your smart garden room is going to be sited close to a neighbours boundary.
  • Elsewhere in the garden, there is a maximum overall height of 4 metres for buildings with an apex roof or 3 metres for other types of roof; on both types, the eaves must not be higher than 2.5 metres.
If you were to create a bespoke Smart Garden Room and either of these applies, you will need to get planning permission before we are able to build your smart garden room. Also, if you live on ‘designated land’ (such as a National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Conservation Areas and World Heritage sites), you may need planning permission regardless of the height of the summer house.
We strive to help customers with all aspects of building and realising their Smart Garden Rooms dream. Nothing is too much trouble for us, and we will endeavour to assist you every step of the way.
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