Garage Planning Permission
Planning Permission will be required for a garage if any of the following criteria are met:
- Will your new garage be within 5 metres of your house?
- Will the garage be nearer to a “Road” than any part of the “Original House” and be within 20 metres of the “Road”?
- Will the garage have an eaves height over 2.5 metres and will the height of the garage ridge be over 4 metres (13ft 1ins)?
- If the garage is to have a flat roof, will it be higher than 3m (9ft 9ins)?
- Will the garage be over 2.5 metres in height within two metres of a boundary?
- Will more than half the area of land around the "original house"* be covered by additions or other buildings?
- Is your garage for business use?
*The term "original house" means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so.
*Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.
Please feel free to download and print our Garage Planning Permission checklist:
Garage Planning Permission Checklist (20kb)
Please also see this official Government Planning Permission guide:
Planning a guide for Householders (300kb)
We would always advise that you telephone your Local Authority Planning Department, and speck to a Planning Official to confirm if your new garage requires Planning Permission.
Garage Building Regulations
Do I need Building Regulations Approval to construct a detached garage?
You will need Building Regulations approval, If the garage meets the following conditions:
- It is more than 30 square metres in floor area.
- Is within one metre away from any boundary or constructed of non-combustible materials for example brick/block, concrete panel, tiled roof.
- Contains sleeping accommodation.
Will I need Building Regulation Approval to construct a garage that is attached to my house?
Yes, garages which are structurally connected to a house will require Building Regulation approval.