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How Close to Your Boundary Can You Build a Garden Office?

When planning to build a garden office, it’s essential to understand the regulations regarding proximity to your property boundary. In the UK, specific guidelines must be followed to avoid the need for planning permission under Permitted Development Rights. Here’s what you need to know:

Key Regulations:

  1. Height Restrictions:
    • If your garden office is within 2 metres of your boundary, it must not exceed 2.5 metres in height.
    • For buildings placed more than 2 metres from the boundary, different height limits apply.
  2. Usage:
    • The garden office must be for ancillary use to the main dwelling, such as a home office, studio, or gym. It should not be used as a separate residential accommodation.
  3. Size Limitations:
    • The total area of all buildings, enclosures, and containers within the garden should not exceed 50% of the total area of the garden, excluding the original house.
  4. Placement:
    • Garden offices should not be placed in front of the principal elevation of the house.

Additional Considerations:

  • Planning Permissions: While many garden offices can be built under Permitted Development Rights, some situations may still require planning permission. For example, if your property is in a designated area, such as a conservation area, or if the building will be used for commercial purposes, you might need to apply for permission.
  • Building Regulations: Even if planning permission is not required, building regulations approval may be necessary, especially if your garden office includes sleeping accommodation or is a large structure.

Practical Steps:

  1. Check Local Regulations: Contact your local planning authority to ensure compliance with specific local regulations, as there can be variations depending on your location.
  2. Consult Professionals: Engaging with professional garden room builders, like Fern Garden Rooms, can help navigate these regulations and ensure your garden office meets all necessary requirements.

By adhering to these guidelines, you can enjoy the benefits of a functional and aesthetically pleasing garden office while avoiding potential legal and planning issues.

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