A new garage can be the perfect addition to any home; it elevates kerb appeal, protects vehicles from inclement weather and can provide some much-needed extra space to a property. However, transforming your new garage from an idea to a reality is dependent on a number of factors, perhaps the most important of which being planning permission.
The issue of planning permission can be difficult to get your head around; with so many regulations in place, it’s challenging to keep track of what paperwork your project actually requires. With this in mind, the team at Shutter Spec has compiled this handy article to help you unpick the rules and ensure your new garage is compliant.
Do I need planning permission?
Any new outbuildings or garages constructed on your property will likely be classed as ‘permitted development’. Permitted development rights allow for home improvement work without planning permission. The work must be within reason and should have minimal impact on the surrounding properties. However, these rights only apply to houses; flats, maisonettes and other similar buildings are excluded. There may also be further restrictions if you live in a ‘designated area’ – for example, a conservation area or national park.
Any permitted development must comply with regulations; your new garage must not be more than four metres tall and is not allowed to take up more than half of the land around the original property.
Are there any other rules my new garage must obey?
If you’re planning on using your new garage as a space for your business then there is bad news for you; this is forbidden. If the addition of a garage will change your property status from a dwelling to a commercial premises, you must then apply for planning permission or a Certificate of Lawful Use. Furthermore, your permitted development rights can vary depending on location. Often, housing estates or protected areas come with additional conditions that your garage must comply with.
What do I do if my new garage does require planning permission?
If your new garage does not fall under permitted development rights, you will need to apply for full planning permission. Should you perform the work without planning permission, you will be served with an enforcement notice and may be forced to reverse any changes you have made.
The process of applying for planning permission varies depending on your location and local council. In most cases, you should send a planning application to your local planning authority (LPA). This must include all relevant supporting information, certificates and the application fee. Upon receipt of your application, the LPA will evaluate the level of disruption your plans would cause in the surrounding area before coming to a decision; this usually occurs in 8-13 weeks. Should your application be rejected, you can adjust your plans and attempt to come to a new agreement, or mount an appeal.
Shutter Spec Security supplies a range of high-quality garage doors that will suit the needs of any new project. We have been operating in homes and businesses across Oxford, Aylesbury, Thame, Reading, Newbury, Basingstoke and beyond for over twenty years and our quality workmanship has established us a leading name in the region.