Do I Need Planning Permission For A Garage Or Carport

Guidance specific to Scotland only.

Do I need planning permission for a garage or carport?

What is planning permision?

Planning permission is NOT required (permitted development) for a garage or carport if the following criteria it met.

  • Located to the rear of the property.
  • Does NOT exceed 4 metres in height. (3 metres to eaves)
  • Any part of the building within 1 metre of the boundary does NOT exceed 2.5 metres in height.
  • The building footprint is NOT greater than 50% of the properties outside space.
  • Is NOT in a conservation area, unless it is under 4 square metres. (e.g. 2 metres by 2 metres)
  • Your garage or carport is NOT within the boundary of a listed building. (Not sure if your property is listed? Visit PastMap or Historic Environment Scotland to find out.)
  • Not part of a flat, apartment, or tenement.

You should always consult your local planning department or architectural service provider prior to starting any works. Find an Architect, Architectural Technician, or Planner to help with your project on Do I Need Permissions Who Can Help Pages.

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Although planning permission may not be required Do I Need Permission recommend you obtain a “Certificate of Lawfulness”. This is confirmation from your local planning department that your proposed garage or carport does not require planning permission. You may require this should you sell your home.

Visit Do I Need Permissions certificate of lawfulness page for more information.

If your proposed garage or carport does not meet the above criteria you will need to apply for planning permission. More information on applying for planning permission below.

Planning permission Garage

Garage – example

Planning permission NOT required as.

  • Located to rear of property.
  • Does not exceed 4m in height.
  • Any part of garage within 1m of boundary does not exceed 2.5m.

The above example is for guidance only, other conditions may apply. See above.

What is required for a garage or carport planning application?

Scottish legislation requires specific information is provided for all planning applications. A planning application for garage or carport should consist of the following information.

  • A description of the proposed development.
  • Details of the applicant and owners.
  • The required fee. (where applicable)
  • Ordnance survey based location plan.
  • Block plan/site plan.
  • Proposed floor plans, elevations and sections.
  • Details on proposed materials and colours.
  • Supplementary information as required for your specific project.

Your local architectural service provider will be able to individually assess your specific requirements. Find an Architect, Architectural Technician, or Planner to help with your project on Do I Need Permissions Who Can Help Pages.

If you are considering lodging your own planning application you can submit your planning application online at the Scottish government’s e-planning website. Submitting your planning application online can save time and money. The e-planning website will also provide you with a checklist of information required for your application. Visit the Scottish government’s e-planning website to get started.

Take a look at Do I Need Permissions planning permission Scotland guide for information on preparing and lodging a planning application.

How much does planning permission cost?

Planning permission (where required) for garages or carports costs £202 (from 1st November 2014), this fee is payable to your local council.

You may be asked to pay additional fees for advertising your planning application, normally in a local newspaper. This can happen when the planning department cannot find contact details for neighbours that are required to be notified or when neighbouring land has no buildings on. This fee varies but is normally around £110. The planning department will notify you if this is required.

View planning permission fees for other projects on Do I Need Permissions planning fees Scotland page.

The fee for architectural drawings varies depending on your individual requirements. Find an Architect, Architectural Technician, or Planner to help with your project on Do I Need Permissions Who Can Help Pages.

How long does planning permission take?

Planning permission can take between 6-8 weeks for a decision. Your planning application can be refused if found to be unsuitable. A decision may take longer if your proposals are complex or further information is required.

Most councils allow you to track the progress of your planning application on-line. You can also see if anyone has commented on your proposals. Visit Do I Need Permissions view planning applications in my area page to find your local planning department website.

If you are considering lodging your own planning application you can submit your planning application online at the Scottish government’s e-planning website. Submitting your planning application online can save time and money. Visit the Scottish government’s e-planning website to get started.

How is my planning application decided?

Your application will be allocated to a planning officer. They may visit your property and consider comments from the public or other relevant bodies and take account of the Development Plan and other national policy and advice. Some applications will be decided by members of a planning committee. Your local council will delegate some decision making to your allocated planning officer. The planning department will notify you of how it intends to decide your application and of the decision.

Your planning application can be refused. If your application is refused you have a right to request either.

  • An appeal to Scottish Ministers.
  • Or a review by the planning departments local review board.

Only one of these options will be available depending on your specific application. The option available to you will be explained in early correspondence from the planning department and once your application has progressed and a decision has been made. If you are unsure you should contact your local planning department or architectural service provider for advice.

With any appeal or review you will be required to provide valid reasons or supporting information as to why your application should be approved.

How long does planning permission last?

Planning permission is valid for 3 years from the date of approval. Works should be started within this time period.

Your planning approval will become invalid if you do not start your project within this time period. In some cases an extension may be granted. You should contact your local planning department should you wish to discuss extending your planning permission.

Guidance specific to England only.

Do I need planning permission for a garage or carport?

Planning permission is NOT required (permitted development) for a garage or carport if the following criteria it met.

  • No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
  • Outbuildings and garages to be single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of 4 metres with a dual pitched roof or 3 metres for any other roof.
  • Maximum height of 2.5 metres in the case of a building, enclosure or container  within 2 metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse.
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • No more than 50% the area of land around the “original house” should be covered by additions or other buildings.
  • In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers and pools more than 20 metres from house to be limited to 10 square metres. (e.g. 2.5 metres by 4 metres)
  • On designated land buildings, enclosures, at the side of properties will require planning permission.
  • Within the curtilage of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.

If in doubt you should always check with your local planning department or architectural service provider. Find an Architect, Architectural Technician, or Planner to help with your project on Do I Need Permissions Who Can Help Pages.

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Although planning permission may not be required Do I Need Permission recommend you obtain a “Lawful Development Certificate”. This is confirmation from your local planning department that your proposed garage or carport does not require planning permission. You may require this should you sell your home.

If your proposed garage or carport does not meet the above criteria you will need to apply for planning permission. More information on applying for planning permission below.

How much does planning permission cost?

Planning permission (where required) for a garage or carport costs £172. This fee is payable to your local council.

The fee for architectural drawings varies depending on your individual requirements. Find an Architect, Architectural Technician, or Planner to help with your project on Do I Need Permissions Who Can Help Pages.

 

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