Do I need Planning Permission for a Garage?

A new garage can be a great way to improve storage and open up your home – but will you need planning permission for a garage conversion?

To help you put your plans for a garage conversion into action, we have gathered all the relevant information about building a brand new garage in the confines of your property, and helping you to answer that important question: Do I need planning permission for a garage?

Benefits of a New Garage

Whether you opt for a complete new build or whether you want to convert an existing room on your lower floor into a brand new garage, there are several advantages to having a garage on your property, including the fact that:

  • A garage offers extra and additional storage space, whether for a car or vehicle or other large appliances or unsightly bits of furniture that you aren’t ready to throw away.
  • A garage can help keep your vehicle secure over-night and reduce the chance of a break-in; giving you added peace-of-mind and potentially saving you money.
  • A garage can double as another room, whether that be a home study or office, a relaxing retreat or getaway or even a home gymnasium.
  • A new garage can make your home appear more versatile and even add value to your property.

Do I need Planning Permission for a Garage Conversion?

Converting a garage might now seem quite appealing; but what about planning permission for a garage conversion? Will it apply to your particular building plans and blueprints? Or will you be able to get started with the renovation work as soon as you would prefer?

Like a shed or greenhouse, new garages are generally classed as ‘outbuildings’ that fall under the category of a “permitted development” – that is, home refurbishments or renovations that can be undertaken so long as…

  • The outbuilding does not extend forward of the wall forming the principal elevation of the property.
  • A single storey of the garage is no more than 2.5m tall, with a maximum overall height of 4m with a dual-pitched roof or 3m with an ordinary flat-roof.
  • The garage is no more than 2.5m tall if it is within 2m of the nearest boundary of the property.
  • There are no verandas, balconies or raised platforms added to any part of the garage outbuilding or construction.
  • The garage forms no more than half of the original building on the property.
  • The garage and/or home is not situated within the boundaries of a National Park, area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or any other conservation area that is subject to stricter rules than brownfield sites.
  • The garage is being converted does not form part of a listed building, or is not even situated within the curtilage of a nearby listed building.

The only thing to remember is that a garage extension is not the same as a garage conversion or building a new garage altogether; and you should always check with your local council (not to mention consulting UK building regulations) if you plan on altering the shape of your property at any level.