Building Regulations and planning
Planning Permission Not Usually Required • Clear Explanation of the Rules
If you want to put up small detached buildings such as a garden office or summerhouse in your garden, building regulations will not normally apply if the floor area of the building is less than 15 square metres in floorspace, is under 2.5 metres in height, and contains NO sleeping accommodation or an exterior aeriel.
For buildings with a floor area between 15 square metres and 30 square metres and under 2.5m in height, you will not normally be required to apply for building regulations approval providing that the building contains NO sleeping accommodation or exterior ariel, and is at least one metre from any boundary line.
We’d recommend you talk to your neighbours whilst at the planning stages of your build, since all construction projects run more smoothly if the project has been discussed with the adjacent owners, and you have explained the build time and objectives. For peace of mind regarding the summerhouse, contact your local council’s planning department who generally are quick to reply to enquiries relating to garden structures, and will issue full guidance upon request. More detailed information is available on the government’s planning we site at;
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Book an Appointment
The no commitment meeting lets us inspect the site, take your brief, and discuss any special request you have
Within 24 hours we’ll deliver a detailed build plan of the summerhouse, provide advice on any planning permission if necessary, and give you a build price.
Deposit paid, the materials are ordered and we provide a start date for the project, usually within a month of the initial payment.
Materials delivered to the site, over the next 3 weeks we’ll construct the summerhouse, complete the fit out, painting, electrical connections, before finally clearing the site and signing off the project.