New window/door opening + what is a “rear” garden?

New window/door opening + what is a “rear” garden?

Question 1: Under Scottish law, do I need planning permission and/or building warrant to:
a) install a new opening for a French window/patio doors plus balcony to a gable end in a first-floor room?
b) install a new opening for just a window (not French/patio and without balcony)?

Question 2: What exactly constitutes a rear garden from a planning point of view for a garden room?
Our house sits at one end of a triangular-shaped 1/3 acre (approx.) plot with most of that plot to one side and only a small (very steep) part to the immediate rear.

We have no adjoining houses or garden boundaries as the surrounding land is croft land.

Both questions refer to a detached former croft house not in a conservation or other protected area.

I know it’s a bit cheeky to ask two questions – and one in multiple parts! – but I hope you can help, and I will be glad of any information you can give. Thank you. Aileen.

  1. Do I Need PermissionDo I Need Permission11-13-2012

    Hi Aileen.

    Is the French door/balcony being installed where an existing window opening is? How far away is your property boundary from where the French door will be installed?

    It is hard to tell without seeing your specific project however, if the proposed door/balcony is 10 metres from your boundary and you don’t have any properties next to you planning permission wouldn’t be required.

    Installing a new window is classed as permitted development (for planning permission) as long as it’s not in a listed building or conservation area.

    You will need a building warrant for any window or door alterations.

    The rear garden is normally what is behind your rear elevation, the front elevation being classed as the elevation that faces a road or entrance. However where a road passed on 2 sides there would not really be a rear garden.

    Quite a general description as it is hard to tell without seeing your project. If you are unsure you can get advice from your local planning department.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks for using Do I Need Permission

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