There are two separate issues when considering a new garden building – Planning Permission and Building Regulations. These rules and regs can often be put into the same bucket for consideration as if they were the same but this is not the case. Building Regs and Planning Permission MUST be considered as separate issues.
The vast majority of our cabins do not require planning permission however there a few exceptions and we advise that if you are unsure you must check with your local Planning office. Building Regulation is based on building size and use, so for most small garden buildings, you do not need a building to comply with building regulations.
Please read on for more information. The information is preliminary advice and is only Garden Adventures' interpretation of publicly available information. Please see www.planningportal.gov.uk for advice from the UK government or contact your local Planning office.
Building regulations can be complicated as for the most part they are dealing with bricks and mortar construction but for most purposes that apply to our customers they are defined by: use, size of the building, and location of building; so providing you meet the criteria below which considers building size, it's usage and location.
Please be aware that in their standard specification, Garden Adventure buildings are not designed to meet building regulations. Nevertheless, your circumstances may be different so if you are buying one of our cabins then you should ensure that in your situation, you are not required to comply with building regulations.
Building regulations are of course meant to apply to larger, more heavily used buildings than your typical garden building anyway (such as houses, hospitals, factories etc.) so there is nothing wrong in ensuring that the way in which you use your garden building simply avoids the need to meet them.
Here is a precis of the rules that you need to consider :
Class of work is exempt from need to comply with these parts:
A to K, M, N & L
Class 1 (Building Controlled under Other Legislation)
Class 2 (Buildings Not Frequented by People)
Class 3 (Greenhouses and Agricultural Buildings)
Class 4 (Temporary Buildings)
Class 5 (Ancillary Buildings)
Class 6 (Small detached Buildings)
As a good rule of thumb we suggest that you ask yourself the same questions in order to avoid the need for building regulations.
The above information is intended as a guide only and not legal advice, you can make your own checks by reading further at Government Planning Portal
The permitted development rules define a set of criteria which, if the development matches, planning permission is not required. This means there is an easy guide or checklist you can follow and if your plans for development match, you will not need planning permission.
The last major update to the Permitted Development rules was in 2008. The list is as follows:
*The term "original house" means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so.
*Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.
(Source – planningportal.gov.uk – information taken 23/11/2015
Most of the issues are common sense, for example listed buildings, national parks and other areas where everything requires planning permission do not apply under Permitted Development, so people living here must seek permission.
The two key items here are about height. First, that the building must be under 4m in total height and 2.5m at the eaves. All Garden Adventure cabins in their standard designs are below these heights, so this will not be an issue.
The other issue is about height. If you wish to place your new garden building within 2.0m of a boundary, then the building must be under 2.5m at its highest point. Most Garden Adventure cabins are either under 2.5m high in their standard size or can be manufactured with a maximum height of 2.5m. If you require this height restriction applied and are in any doubt if your chosen building can be adjusted, please call the office for confirmation.
What if the permitted development rules do not apply to my plans ?
Just because your plans do not pass all the criteria, this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to build. If your plans do not fulfil the permitted development criteria, it means that you will need to contact your local council and possibly apply for planning permission.
Remember that if you do need to apply for planning permission, often your neighbours will be given the opportunity to object, so talk to them first about your plans and consider how you can ensure your building or structure will cause as little inconvenience as possible to your surrounding neighbours.