Garden room planning permission: What are the rules?

garden room with two rooms
(Image credit: Green Retreats)

The world of garden room planning permission can seem a little confusing and you will no doubt be keen to ensure that all the research and hard work that you have put into bringing your garden room ideas to fruition are not delayed or hampered by planning rules you weren’t aware of. 

In this guide, we look at when a garden room might require planning permission and where it is likely to be unnecessary —plus we explain what you will need to do should you discover you do need to apply for permission to build the garden room of your dreams.

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.