Do you need planning permission for a summer house?

summer house with dog outside
(Image credit: Green Retreats)

Planning permission for a summer house — is it really necessary? 

Whether you are after garden room ideas or are simply looking for ways to make your outdoor areas spaces that can be used no matter what the British weather throws our way, summer houses just make sense. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.