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Do I Need Planning Permission to Build a Garage

Do I need planning permission to build a garage?

A complete guide on planning and building your own garage.

Step 1 – Plan ahead. Ask “Do I need planning permission to build a garage?”

When you want to know how to build a garage, and what type and size you might like, you can’t just expect it to be four walls and a roof and be up in two days. You’ll need to explore planning permission and space constraints, as well as practical questions. On the first question, there are no definite answers, but in most cases you won’t need planning permission. Per Planning Portal, here are some guidelines to follow. You won’t need planning permission if:

  • No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
  • Outbuildings and garages to be single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for any other roof.
  • Maximum height of 2.5 metres in the case of a building, enclosure or container  within two metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse.
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • No more than half the area of land around the “original house”* would be covered by additions or other buildings.
  • In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers and pools more than 20 metres from house to be limited to 10 square metres.
  • On designated land* buildings, enclosures, containers and pools at the side of properties will require planning permission.
  • Within the curtilage of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.

After you’ve got that straightened out, ask yourself; How will you use the space? Storing tools or a vehicle? Will it need a large door? You should know what kind of things you’ll use your garage for, as this will give you an idea as to the size of and features in your garage. It may also offer some insight into how much it will cost. 

Step 2 – Get a second opinion

While you may fancy yourself a DIY expert, a garage isn’t something to mess around with. The last thing you want is the roof caving in on your Audi because the structure was flawed by an inch or two. There are plenty of professionals out there who make a career out of building garages, and their expertise could save you time and money. They’ll have deep knowledge on how to make the most of space, and will be able to give you a clearer view of the materials you’ll need and how much they (and labour) will cost.

Step 3 – Find the materials

Once you’ve decided what materials you’ll use to build a garage (hopefully with some professional input), you’ll need to procure them. There are a number of options here, so it may be worth getting a few quotes from different companies for the same materials (that is, unless you trust a given supplier to give you the best price available). They should be able to give you itemised quotes, so you could mix and match to create the best deal. At any rate, don’t be scared to ask for a discount. What’s the worst that could happen?

Step 4 – DIY or Pro?

We won’t bother giving a step by step guide on erecting a garage. If you need that, you probably shouldn’t be undertaking a job of this magnitude. If you’re an experienced DIYer however, good luck to you. A safer bet is hiring a garage building expert to do the labour. They’ll do it much quicker, more safely, and with greater economy. They should also have insurance, so if something does go wrong, it won’t be you who’s out of pocket. You should discuss with your tradesperson a budget from the start, as well as a detailed time frame for your garage build project. Before you know it, you’ll be shakily reversing your car into your new garage.

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