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How big can I build a shed in my garden? - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Firstly you must ask yourself “Do I need planning permission?”

Here are the set rules when choosing to build a shed:

1* -  Planning regulations for sheds state that:

  • Sheds should be single storey.
  • There should be no platforms, balconies or verandas on sheds.
  • Sheds should be a maximum of three metres high unless they have dual pitched roofs, in which case they can be up to four metres high.
  • It has no verandas, balconies or any kind of raised platform as part of its basic construction.
  • It has an occupied volume of no more than 15m squared.
  • If you build a shed within two metres of your property boundary it can only be up to 2.5 metres high.
  • Combined with other extensions and outbuildings, your shed should not cover more than 50 percent of the land around your original house.
  • Sheds should not be built forward of any walls at the front of your house.
  • It is not impinging on conservation areas or spaces of outstanding natural beauty or any other government-protected designated land (such as a world heritage site).

Another is will it upset your neighbours?  good neighbours are a real credit to have, if it upsets them size wise which could be an eyesore, then it may spark up council visits and an investigation into the size of the shed.

If you choose to build a shed then these rules must be followed otherwise it may result in a costly tear down of the shed by law. Providing you follow the rules above, your shed is perfectly legal. All purchased sheds will follow these rules but if you choose to create your own shed then you need to do the calculations. We do not recommend that you build your own shed unless you have knowledge in construction or have someone oversee the build with the knowledge. Remember, Safety over cost.

Contact your local council today if you have any enquiries as such, they are there to help you.

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1* – Guidelines taken from http://www.tradeadvisor.com/a/tips/do-i-need-planning-permission-for-a-shed

To find out how to build your garden shed, take a look at our instructional video below.

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