Do I Need Planning Permission To Build A Garage?
A garage can be such a useful space if you’re trying to create storage or an outhouse area where you work on a hobby or passion. So if you haven’t got one already, you might be wondering whether you need planning permission to build a garage.
It’s a legitimate question to ask at the very beginning to make sure you don’t fall foul of any rules and regulations, but the good news is that you’re unlikely to need planning permission in many cases. This is all thanks to your permitted development rights, which allow you to make changes to your property within reason.
That last part is important, as there are obviously some restrictions to adhere to when building a garage. If you have a flat or maisonette, or live in an area with special protections in place, then the rules will be very different, but for standard detached or semi-detached homes, the permitted development rights should give you room to manoeuvre.
Now let’s take a look at the top in more detail by tackling some frequently asked questions on the subject.
How close to a boundary can I build a garage?
Any new garage you build should not come within 3.5 metres of your property boundary where there is a road. On top of this, there may be specific, local guidance for how close to the boundary you can build your garage; this can depend on a number of things and in some instances, you might be able to construct it along the very edge of your property. We recommend you always check local planning guidance regarding your property and boundary restrictions before doing any work.
How big can I build a garage?
Your garage should not take up more than 50% of the original land around your property. There are also restrictions when it comes to the height of your garage; it shouldn’t be more than a single storey with a maximum height of 4 metres with a dual-pitched roof. That maximum height drops to 3 metres if it’s a single-pitched roof or a flat roof.
Does building a garage add value to a home?
Yes, a garage absolutely adds value to your home. Not only can it add a monetary value – up to 10% for a single garage and 20% for a double garage according to estate agents Yopa – but it can also add value in practical space. The space will undoubtedly be useful to you as you can store your vehicle or other important items in it that will free up space elsewhere.
Can you build a garage without building regulations?
Many garages won’t need building regulations sign-off, but there are some exceptions. For example, if your garage is to be attached to your home, you will need building regulations to sign off on it. Likewise, if the garage will be over 30 square metres in size, then it’s likely to need sign-off. Always check with your local building control department if you’re unsure about this.
What are the benefits of having a garage?
We’ve already alluded to some of the benefits you get with having a garage, but it’s important to fully appreciate just how much your property and your life can be improved with a garage if you choose to invest in one. Here are our top five benefits of having a garage:
- Adds monetary value to your property
- Gives you practical storage space
- Makes your home more appealing to buyers in future
- Secure storage for your vehicle (can reduce insurance costs)
- Can be used as a workshop, gym or hobby space
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You can also read more about planning permission for garage doors themselves here in a previous post.
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