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FAQ/ 7 Nov 2015 / By Hannah Barnes

Planning Permission For Garden Studios: Do You Need It?

Will I Need Planning Permission For My Garden Studio?

Garden Studios are a great way to get extra space in the home without going through the upheaval of a home renovation, extension or move. Garden Studios can be assembled quickly, providing the appropriate base is in place, without disruption to the rest of the household.

But often we find out clients aren’t always sure about the rules put in place by local councils and government authorities in regards to installing a garden studio. So we’ve put together a brief guide to the way it works over here at Atelier Garden Studios.

Well, it’s good news all round really! As of October 1st 2008 installing a Garden Studio, or any type of out building, falls under something called permitted development and therefore, you won’t need to go through the hassle of applying for planning permission – so long as you bear in mind the following stipulations.

  • Your garden studio will not be sited forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
  • Your garden studio will be a single storey building with maximum eaves height of 2.5 m, maximum overall height of 4 m with a dual pitched roof, 3 m for any other roof type and 2.5 metres within 2 m of any boundary lines.
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms will be incorporated into your garden studio.
  • No more than 50% of the area of land around the original house* will be covered by additions or out buildings.

For Listed Buildings and Properties and other designated areas, however, planning permission will still be needed before you can install a new garden studio - so be sure to check you don’t fall into any of these categories. If you find you do, Atelier are happy to handle all the paperwork for you and take the stress of applying for planning permission off your plate.

Otherwise you can simply get on with customising your colour palette and choosing your cladding! Request a call back today to get started.

* refers to the original house as it was first built or as it stood, including extensions and additions, on 1 July 1948 (if built before that date).

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