Planning permission for garden offices, studios, chalets etc.

Garden offices – do you need planning permission?

A well-designed garden office (with insulation, security and electricity) can be a quiet room for work, free up space in your house and maybe even add value to your property. But are you allowed just to put one up? Under permitted development rules, you don’t need planning permission for a garden office as long as:-

You do not build in front of the front elevation of your house.

  • The home office is single storey, with eaves no higher than 2.5 meters and in total is less than 4m high for a pitched roof or 3m high for other roofs.
  • Any part of the garden building that is 2m away from a boundary, or closer is less than 2.5 m high.
  • You do not build any verandas, balconies or raised platforms
  • More than 50% of your garden is left

If you own a listed building or live in a conservation area or specially protected area, these exemptions may not apply