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Garden Rooms Planning Permission

Planning Permission for Your Cheshire Garden Room

In most cases planning permission is not required to install a garden room. However, when carrying out any building work, it is the property owner’s responsibility to comply with the relevant planning rules and building regulations – without the correct permissions, you could be liable for costly remedial work or full-scale demolition and restoration. If you’re looking to build a garden room and want instant planning permission advice, contact the Crystal Living team today.

Do you need planning permission for garden rooms?

Garden rooms are classed as a ‘permitted development’ if they comply by the following guidelines. These guidelines apply to all buildings classed as ‘outbuildings’, including detached garages, summer houses, porticos and garden studios or offices:

  • The garden room must not be situated in the front garden of the property
  • No verandas or balconies are allowed
  • It must be situated at least 2 metres away from the property boundary
  • The garden room must not cover more than 50% of the garden area
  • It must not be used as self-contained living
  • It should not be more than 2.5 metres in height

Local authority planning permission

Building a garden room is usually classed as Permitted Development. However, the need for planning permission often depends on the local authority. At Crystal Living we work across Manchester, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester. For local information on planning permission regulations visit the government’s planning portal or get in touch with us. The need for planning permission also varies for different types of property. If you live in a detached property you probably won’t need planning permission. However, if you live in a flat or maisonette you will need to obtain planning permission to install a garden room.

Building regulations

Complying with building regulations is separate from planning permission. Building regulations ensure that any work carried out on your home is of a good standard and does not breach health and safety requirements. Once the work is completed your local building control officer will inspect the garden room to ensure that no damage has been done.

Building regulations do not apply for most garden rooms, unless they are:

  • Over 30 metres squared in floor size
  • Connected to the main sewer by a toilet, shower or sink
  • Designed for sleeping purposes or for use as overnight accommodation
  • Closer than 1 metre to any boundary

Free planning permission advice

When you choose a garden room with Crystal Living, we will look after any planning permission requirements. Even if your planned garden room does not meet all the above criteria, our team at Crystal Living have the experience and knowledge to give you the best possible advice. We will analyse each individual project, and create a plan designed to give you the best possible solution for your home improvement project.

If planning permission is required, we will complete all necessary applications and contact the local authority on your behalf. We will not start work until full planning permission is granted, giving you peace of mind that your project will be completed to the best possible standard.

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