Garage & Shed Planning Permission
Do you need planning permission for a concrete sectional garage?
Please use our advice as a guide only. This is general information and each local authority varies in its approach. For a definitive answer I would advise contacting your local council directly. However in most cases the following applies:
Planning permission is often needed in the following circumstances:
- The new buildings are more than 3 metres high
- The application site is located in a conservation area, a national park or is next to a listed building
- If the new building is going to be located nearer the road than the house
- Building Regulation approval is required if your building is over 30square metres
- The new building is for commercial purposes
As a general rule if you are replacing an old garage planning permission is not always required, but make contact with your local authority to be sure.
How do I go about making a planning application?
Contact the planning department at your local authority and explain the site details, if they advise you make an application they will send you an application form or quite often they can be downloaded from your local authority’s website.
The details of local authorities and further planning advice can be found at planningportal.co.uk
In most cases they will require a scaled location map of the site, dimensions, ridge heights and materials to be used. We can provide all this for you at no extra cost. Furthermore, if you need more detailed drawings we have an in house architect to provide with technical drawings.
How long before I get planning permission granted?
Most local authorities take between 8 – 12 weeks from registering your application. During the processing of the application there will be a consultation period where the council inform interested parties such as your neighbours and the highways department. If you feel the new building will affect your neighbours we would advise consulting them prior to submitting the application.
Obviously, not all applications are automatically granted. If you are having difficulty obtaining planning permission we have an in house planning specialist able to offer you professional advice.
The complete online planning and building resource available from the Planning Portal is a useful resource for additional advice.