Summerhouse permitted development

Summerhouse permitted development

Do I Need Permission - Ask An Expert Hi Im confused about the rules on permitted development regarding a summerhouse I wish to erect with
a pent roof.

My garden is sloping towards a boundary and I have had to install a base to level the ground. This means that at one side (front of building) the base is level with the ground, and at the boundary where it slopes down, it is built up to approx 25cm above ground level. The building will be around 120cm from all boundary fences in the corner of my garden.

To measure the total height do I measure ground level from the area right next to where im measuring or from the lowest point (the bottom of the slope) even if im measuring the front of the building?

Also I have been trying to look up the height rules on the building within a certain distance to boundaries, but I some websites state that it is within 1 metre, others say it is within 2 metres?
Question Posted By – helen In Area – West Central Scotland

  1. Do I Need PermissionDo I Need Permission07-06-2015

    Hello Helen.

    You can build a summerhouse without planning permission as long as it meets the following criteria.

    •NOT used as a bedroom.
    •Is 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 metres sq.
    •Is NOT within the boundary of a listed building.
    •Is NOT part of a flat, apartment, or tenement.

    You may be getting confused between planning permission and building warrants. The following building warrant criteria will also apply.

    •NOT more than 8 metres sq.
    •Is at least 1 metre from your house.
    •Is closer than 1 metre to your house but at least 1 metre from your boundary.
    •Does NOT contain a bedroom.
    •Does NOT contain any solid fuel, oil or gas appliances.
    •Does NOT contain any sanitary accommodation.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks for using Do I Need Permission.

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