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Building Regulations

Building Regulations

Building regulations apply to most building work, therefore it is important to know when approval is needed. The responsibility for checking the Building Regulations have been met, falls to Building Control Bodies; either from the Local Authority or the private sector as an Approved Inspector.

The person carrying out the work has the choice of where to get approval for the building work. How to get approval depends on whether a Local Authority Building Control service or an Approved Inspector Building Control service is being used.

Planning Permission

Outbuildings are considered to be permitted development, not needing planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

• 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.


For further information please click on the link below for the Planning Portal website

Planning Permission Guidelines