Garden buildings, greenhouses and sheds

Do I need planning permission?

Flats

You will need to apply for full planning permission to erect a garden building, greenhouse or shed in your garden (including timber sheds).

Houses

You will need to apply for householder planning permission to erect a garden building, greenhouse or shed if:

  • the total area of ground covered by the garden building, greenhouse or shed will be greater than 50 per cent of the total land around the original house;
  • it will be located at the front of the house;
  • it will be located at the side of a house which is in a conservation area;
  • it will be erected in the grounds of a listed building;
  • it will be located at the side or front of a house covered by an Article 4 Direction;
  • it will be more than one storey high;
  • it will be more than 4m high with a pitched roof, 3m high with a flat roof, or 2.5m high if located within 2m of the boundary of the house;
  • its eaves will be more than 2.5m high; or
  • it will include a veranda, balcony or raised platform.

Where can I find more information?

The outbuildings section of the national planning portal has lots of guidance and useful information.

You can find more information on the design of garden buildings on page 36 of Camden Planning Guidance 1 - Design (PDF)

Can I get confirmation that I do not require planning permission?

In situations where you may need to prove, or obtain peace of mind that an existing or a proposed garden building, greenhouse or shed is lawful, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC)

Am I likely to get planning permission?

If you want to find out whether your proposal is likely to be acceptable, you can apply for pre-planning application advice

How do I apply?

You can apply via the national planning portal. To find out what information is required with your application, please see making a planning application

Still not sure whether you need planning permission?

If you need further advice about whether you need planning permission you can contact planning advice and information

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