Planning Permission for a Garage
Generally, garages do not need any form of planning permission in most situations as they are considered to be an outbuilding. Garages and other outbuildings or outhouses come under the category of permitted development which does not necessitate the need to apply for planning permission as long as the conditions are met as laid down in the planning department’s guidelines. There are some issues that affect garages before they are constructed. For a start garages constructed of concrete must only be one level with eaves that are no more than two and a half metres high and the complete roof must not exceed four metres. Any outhouses, huts or concrete sheds that are above the height of the original home are not considered to be allowable development. In this situation the planning department which comes under the local council will come into the picture and planning permission will have to be applied for which although possible will take quite a long time to complete. Any garages constructed of concrete, sheds, outhouses and other types of extensions or add ons should not take up more than fifty percent of the sum total area of land that surrounds the original house.
All other outhouses, garages and add-ons to the original home must be added together when working out the fifty percent of land area. Your architect will know the ins and outs of garages and other smaller building units that you might want designed and then built on the piece of land you have adjoining your house. The planning department does have a tick box form available which after filling in will give you an idea where you stand with reference to this council department. If the garage is made of concrete or hut or outhouse that is on the property is closer than two metres to the property edge the complete construction should not be higher than two and a half metres. To be classified as permitted development, any kind of newly constructed building must not be used as living space that is not dependant on the main house.
In other words, it cannot be used as accommodation that is self contained and a microwave antenna must not be installed either In any national parks throughout England and Wales, the Norfolk Broads and in other areas that have been designated as having features of outstanding natural beauty along with areas that are considered to be world heritage sights the total area to be used for any concrete garages, huts or outhouses must not be larger than ten square metres so that they can be approved as allowable development. Garages built of concrete, huts or other outhouses are not allowed within gardens of a listed building. On land set aside for conservation purposes concrete garages, huts or other outhouses are not allowed to be built on the side of the main house. What ever your situation it is always best to build within the laid down guidelines rather than build and not get planning permission and then find you have to knock the building down later.