Do I Need Planning Permission For A Shed?

If you’re considering adding a shed to your garden, you might be wondering, “Do I need planning permission for a shed?” Understanding UK town planning laws and regulations can help you make an informed decision. This article provides a comprehensive guide to help you determine if you need planning permission for your shed.

What is Planning Permission?

Planning permission is the approval required from your local planning authority to construct or alter buildings or land. It ensures that developments are carried out in a way that considers their impact on the environment, neighbours, and the community.

General Rules for Sheds

In many cases, you won’t need planning permission for a shed if it meets specific criteria. These criteria fall under what is known as permitted development rights. We have written extensively about permitted development rights (you can discover all things related to permitted development here), but here are the main points to consider:

Size and Height

Height: The shed should not exceed 4 metres in height for a dual-pitched roof or 3 metres for any other type of roof. If the shed is within 2 metres of the property boundary, the maximum height is 2.5 metres.

Floor Area: The total area covered by the shed and other outbuildings must not exceed 50% of the total area of your property’s curtilage (the land immediately surrounding your house).


Proximity to Boundaries: The shed must be located at least 2 metres away from the property boundary if it exceeds 2.5 metres in height.

Front of House: Sheds are not permitted in the front garden or forward of the principal elevation of your house.


Domestic Use: The shed must be used for a purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse, such as storage, a home gym, or a workshop.

Non-Habitable: The shed must not be used as a separate living accommodation or contain sleeping accommodation.

Exceptions Requiring Planning Permission

There are certain situations where you will need planning permission for a shed:

Listed Buildings: If your property is a listed building, you will need planning permission. Check out our Practical Guide to Listed Buildings.

Conservation Areas: In designated areas like conservation areas, national parks, or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you may have more restrictions. Check out our Practical Guide to Conservation Areas.

Large Sheds: If the shed exceeds the size and height limits of permitted development rights.

How to Apply for Planning Permission

If your shed doesn’t meet the permitted development criteria, you will need to apply for planning permission. We have written a full guide How Do I Apply For Planning Permission, but here’s a quick guide:

  1. Pre-Application Advice: Contact your local planning authority for pre-application advice to understand the feasibility of your proposal.
  2. Submit an Application: Complete the planning application form and submit it along with the required documents, such as site plans and elevation drawings.
  3. Consultation: The local planning authority will consult with neighbours and relevant bodies.
  4. Decision: A decision is typically made within 8 weeks.


So, do you need planning permission for a shed? In many cases, you won’t need it if your shed meets the permitted development criteria. However, it’s always best to check with your local planning authority to avoid any issues. By understanding the regulations and planning ahead, you can enjoy your new shed without any hassle.

For more detailed advice or assistance with planning applications, contact us at Planning House. We’re here to help you with all your town planning needs.

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Do I Need Planning Permission For A Shed?