Many homeowners are under the impression that once they take ownership of their property and move in, it is theirs to do with as they wish. While this may be true to an extent, there are planning regulations that will need to be adhered to if a homeowner would like to build a garage on an existing property.
It is important to remember that current regulations regarding the erection of outbuildings and sheds also apply to homeowners who wish to build a garage. As of October 1, 2008, new regulations came into effect that classified an outbuilding or garage as a permitted development. This means that, subject to certain conditions and specifications, a garage will no longer require prior planning approval. The latest regulations also state that a garage may only be a single story structure. The maximum overall height of the garage may not exceed four metres if the structure has a pitched roof, or three metres if any other type of roof design is used.
Regulations Regarding Verandas and Other Extrusions
When planning your garage, it is important to remember that while the structure itself may not require planning approval, extrusions such as verandas, raised platforms or balconies of any sort will. If your chosen structure is going to be two metres or less away from a boundary wall, the maximum height of it is not allowed to exceed 2.5 metres high. It is also important to ensure that the chosen building design for your garage does not cover more than half of the area of the existing open land that surrounds your property.
If your home has been classified under the National Parks regulation or forms part of the Broads or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites, regulations regarding the erection of a garage are a little different. Should the structure be more than 20 metres away from the main property, it may not exceed the size of 10 square metres. However, if you would like to place the structure on the side of these properties, you will require specific planning permission in order to do so.
Additional Points to Consider
Wherever the term “original house” is used with regards to planning, homeowners should be aware that this refers to the house as it was originally built on 1 July 1948 (if the house was erected prior to this date). It is also important to keep in mind that while you as the current homeowner may not have carried out renovations or additions to the property, a previous owner may have done so. The information contained herein should be regarded as a basic guide, and should not be considered as an official source of legal information.
The information in this document only pertains to building regulations in England, and regulations may differ in other parts of the UK. If you are in doubt with regards to building your garage, it is best to seek advice from your local planning authority office. Please click here for more information on planning permission when constructing a garage.