29th Jul 2023 -

Navigating the process of securing planning permission can be an intensely frustrating challenge for homeowners, accompanied by endless paperwork and bureaucratic tangles. When you’re imagining the perfect garden building to benefit your outdoor space, finding out you need planning permission can be a nightmare, getting in the way of any progress.

However, at Building Materials Nationwide, we're here to take the stress out of the equation and help you transform your property as you envision it. We offer a fantastic range of garden buildings that can be installed as permitted developments.

How Planning Permission Can Completely Stall Progress

Planning permission is the bane of many a homeowner’s life. Firstly, you’ll need to research and identify what planning permissions you need. From there, you’ll begin with paperwork, with forms needing to be filled out in precise detail. Even a minor mistake can lead to your application being denied or delayed, creating a cycle of corrections and resubmissions that can easily consume months of your time.

Then comes the waiting game. Once you've submitted your application, there's often a long period of uncertainty as you wait for the authorities to review your plans. The planning permission process can feel like a complex labyrinth where one wrong step can send you back to square one, turning what should be a simple garden addition into a tiresome, drawn-out ordeal.

What Types of Garden Buildings Require Planning Permission

Planning permission requirements for garden buildings depend on factors such as the location within your garden and the type of building. In general, if the building meets certain criteria and is considered permitted development, you can proceed without the need for planning permission.

Here are some key points to consider:

  • Location and Height: If the building is placed less than 2.0m from your property boundary, with a maximum height of 2.5m from ground level, it is likely to be considered permitted development. If it is situated more than 2.0m from the boundary, the maximum eave height can be 2.5m for a dual-pitched roof or 3.0m for a pent-roofed building.
  • Use and Size: The building should not be used as self-contained living accommodation and should not exceed 50% of the total land area around the original house. If the building meets these criteria, planning permission is not required for up to 30m2 of internal size.
  • Special Considerations: Listed buildings and properties in locations like national parks or conservation areas may have additional restrictions and require planning permission.

It's important to note that these guidelines provide a general overview, and it's advisable to consult with professionals or local authorities if you have any concerns.

Discover Compliant Garden Building Options

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At Building Materials Nationwide, we're committed to simplifying your DIY construction journey. We understand the complexities of navigating planning permissions for some garden sheds, and summer houses, which can hinge on factors like location, structure size and height. Thankfully, you won't have to worry about those details with us.

Every option in our extensive range is already compliant with standard regulations. Each structure in our selection abides by necessary height restrictions and is single-storey, with an overall height limit of 4m for dual-pitched roofs or 3m for other roof types. With our user-friendly interface, you can filter and organise these options by size with ease. 

When you choose Building Materials Nationwide, you can confidently embark on your DIY project, knowing every choice you make is within the required guidelines. 

Amazing DIY Garden Buildings

For a classic summerhouse that will comfortably fit within permitted development rules, the Oatland 6ft x 6ft has a great look with more than enough space to unwind through the summer. Or for a storage area large enough for all your tools, equipment, and materials, the Overlap Windowless Shed offers dependable performance in an 8ft x 6ft size. Our full range of sheds and summerhouses are built around a quick and reliable home installation, perfect for a DIY project.

Empower Your Construction Dream with Building Materials Nationwide

Planning permission is a stressful process, not just in the sheer volume of paperwork that's involved; but of the confusion, the jargon, and all the time consumed. You shouldn’t let the maze of planning permissions stop you from creating the property of your dreams. Whether you're building a shed, summer house, arbour, or log cabin, we’re here to make the process hassle-free.

At Building Materials, our goal is to remove the roadblocks from your construction journey, so you can focus on the exciting parts: seeing your property evolve, and watching your dream come to life.
Discover how Building Materials can bring your DIY vision to life today. Explore our full range of garden buildings, and start planning your project with us.

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