Do I need planning permission for a garage extension?

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Do I need planning permission for a garage?

When deciding to take on a home improvement project of any type, you will be faced with a long list of considerations including planning permission.

Weighing up the pros and cons, design preferences, and materials used to complete those tasks is just the start.

You also need to think about the legal requirements. Those sentiments are never truer than when you’re thinking about the addition of an outbuilding.

Whether it’s a concrete sectional garage or a concrete shed doesn’t matter. Appreciating the legalities of your proposed project is an essential part of the planning phase.

In truth, though, those barriers are probably far less daunting than you think.

What Is Permitted Development?

Many homeowners assume that planning permission is required for every major home upgrade project. However, the truth of the matter is that you are entitled to complete several jobs without that prior acknowledgement. These jobs fall under your “permitted development rights”.

Rather than the local authority, permitted development rights are linked to the Parliament.

There is a strong chance that many of your outbuilding projects will fall under this umbrella. Nevertheless, it’s always worth speaking to the local authority first. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Still, you are likely to have the permitted development rights for erecting a concrete sectional garage or shed. But there are guidelines that must be met.

Am I Covered By Permitted Development?

If you own a house, then there’s a good chance that the answer is yes.

Conversely, if the building is a flat, maisonette, or commercial property, those rights are not applicable. That doesn’t mean the work cannot be completed, but you will need to take the considerations of your building type into account.

Geographic location may have an impact too, especially if you live in a National Park or Conservation Area.

If you suspect that your surroundings may be exempt from those permitted development rights, you must act. Gaining permission before starting the work is essential.

Outbuilding Projects

Your outbuilding project might not need planning permission from local authorities, but there are limits to what can be done. The most vital points to consider are that;

  • Garages and outbuildings should be one storey high with a maximum height of 4m (eaves at 2.5m).
  • The additional building work can be no larger than 50% of the building’s original blueprint, or as of July 1st 1948. Extensions and other work cannot be considered for those measurements.
  • The work can contain no raised boundaries, including balconies.

This still leaves a lot of versatility in terms of roofing, positioning, and other features. However, if you’re still unsure as to whether the project sits within those permitted development guidelines, an expert will help.

Even if it doesn’t, you can apply for permission…

In truth, this type of job is one that requires a professional touch anyway. Choose the right supplier, and they will advise you as to whether the job needs written permission or not.

With those legalities taken care of, you can concentrate on the design.

If you’d like to know more about permitted development, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your specific requirements.

Contact us for a no-obligation quote or more information…