Do you need planning permission for decking?

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Planning permission for decking is required in some circumstances, although this might not be immediately obvious. While decking might seem a relatively innocuous garden design addition, construction could cause some trouble with your local planning department if you fall foul of the planning rules.

Decking can be a great addition to a garden, adding a new outdoor space for dining and entertaining, but planning rules regarding factors such as size and height mean you might need to make a planning application before adding a new decked area.

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.