Do you need planning permission for a garage? What you need to know

A garage with wooden garage doors and white render exterior
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Working out whether you need planning permission for a garage is a sensible starting point when looking at whether to build one for your home.

Planning law states that you can’t do any building work to or around your house unless a specific rule says you can. So it’s important to know what those rules are before constructing any new structure on your land, including a garage.

Simon Rix

Simon Rix is a professional planning consultant, who began his career working in local government in the 1990s. He was a council officer and later an elected councillor, so he knows how the planning system works from both sides. He went on to set up Planix.UK Planning Consultants Ltd; a consultancy company that advises self builders, home extenders and those taking on small to medium-sized building projects on planning permission.