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Laying a patio

Laying a patio

If you want to lay a patio or other hard surface on your property, you are free to do so without planning permission. Whether you are laying a stone flagged patio or creating a tarmac driveway, there are no restrictions in place to prevent you from doing so. Patios, driveways and decking are classed as permitted development.


There is only one limitation with regard to laying down a patio: If significant works are needed to support a new patio, such as embanking or terracing, you may need to submit a planning application.
If embanking or terracing work is required to support your new patio, we recommend that you consult with your Local Planning Authority. Also, care should be taken to ensure that any patio project will not make access to the dwelling any less satisfactory than it was originally.

Building regulations

Patios, driveways and decking are not subject to building regulations. Having said that, care should be taken to ensure that surfaces are level and that the necessary measures have been taken to ensure as safe an environment as possible.

Patios and listed buildings

If you live in a listed building, Rated People strongly recommended that you consult with your Local Planning Authority prior to carrying out any work. You may require listed building consent to go forth with your project. If you do require listed building consent but go forth with your patio project you risk legal action being taken against you. It is a criminal offence to alter a listed property where consent is needed.

For more information on patios and planning permission, please visit The Planning Portal.

The information contained within this article is strictly for guidance only.  Cost2Build recommends that you always check current sources of information in case regulations have changed. Cost2Build cannot accept any liability for miscommunication of the law in the case of a change in regulation or any action done to a property based on the information held in this article.

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