Getting planning permission for sheds can be a troublesome subject! Sheds are one of Britain’s favourite garden storage options. We all want a guarantee that our belongings will be safe and dry all year round, and sheds are the most secure way of doing so.

However, planning permission may stand in the way of your ability to add a new shed to your garden. Planning permission allows you to build on or change your property and can be required for certain development projects. So, whether your question is ‘how big can I build a shed without planning permission?’ or ‘how many sheds can I have in my garden?’, this is when you’ll need planning permission for sheds – and how to get it.

Do I Need Planning Permission For A Shed In My Garden?

red garden shed

Usually, you won’t need planning permission for a shed in your garden. However, there are a few exceptions to this. For example, you will need planning permission for sheds over a certain height or positioned in a certain way.

So, although building regulations for sheds aren’t usually applicable, you will need planning permission for a shed in your garden if:

  • Your shed will be positioned forward of a wall that is part of the principal elevation of your property
  • Your shed will be more than one storey
  • The eaves height of your shed will be higher than 2.5 metres
  • The overall height of your shed will be higher than 4 metres (for any other roof type, the max height of a shed is 3 metres)
  • Your shed will stand within 2 metres of one or more boundaries of your property and the overall height will exceed 2.5 metres
  • You are building on designated land or by a listed building
  • You are building a shed that takes up more than 10 square metres and stands over 20 metres away from the house[i]

How Many Sheds Can I Have In My Garden?

wooden garden shed

Currently, there is no limit on the number of sheds you can have in your garden. However, you have to ensure that the total square metre measurement of the bases of all your sheds, outhouses and extensions is below or equal to 50% of your garden’s size.

To figure this out, follow these steps:

  1. First, multiply the length and width of each of the base sizes. This will give you the metre square measurement of each outhouse and extension.
  2. Then, add all of these metre square measurements together and make a note of that figure.
  3. Next, measure the length and width of your garden.
  4. Finally, multiply these two numbers, and divide the result by 2. This will give you 50% of your garden’s size[ii].

If the collective size of your sheds, outhouses and extensions is larger than the 50% figure, you will need planning permission.  

How Do I Get Planning Permission?

garden shed with flowers

If you’ve concluded that you need planning permission for a shed, it’s vital that you get it. If you carry out your project without it, your local council may serve you an ‘enforcement notice’ that will order you to dismantle the entire structure.

To get planning permission, you should:

  1. Get in touch with your local authority’s planning department. They will be able to help you understand how likely you are to get planning permission and any changes you may need to make.
  2. Then, apply to your local council for approval. Be prepared to include information about your project. Also, the planning application requires a fee, the price of which can vary.
  3. Finally, you will have to wait for the council to assess your application, which can take between 8 – 13 weeks. If they approve it, you can go ahead with your project.

What Can I Use Instead of A Shed?

white garden shed

There are plenty of garden storage alternatives that you can use instead of sheds should planning permission or space be an issue for you. Here are some fantastic shed alternatives to try no matter the size of your garden:

  • Garden bench storage
  • Storage boxes
  • Garden shelving
  • Wall-mounted storage
  • Crates
  • Baskets
  • Wooden pallets
  • Old furniture pieces
  • A plastic tarpaulin

Getting Planning Permission For Your Shed

small garden shed

Knowing when you will need planning permission is vital for a successful outdoor project; the last thing you want to have to do is tear down all your hard work because you didn’t know you needed it. But we hope this has cleared up all your questions about planning permission for sheds in your garden!

Do you have any more questions about getting planning permission for sheds or outhouses? Let us know.




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