For further reading please follow the link to the Government Planning Portal and check the section on outbuildings.
Disclaimer: This is an introductory guide and is not a definitive source of legal information. If you have any doubt you should contact your local planning authority before undertaking any work.
It is recommended that you obtain a copy of an official guidance document titled
‘Planning- A guide to householders’ published by ODPM (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister). You can obtain this from your local planning office or a download is possible.
Section B of that document relates to garden structures.
In general terms you are exempt from needing planning permission for your log cabin if you can satisfy the following criteria:-
- It is to be sited in the garden of a detached or semi detached property.
- The property is not in designated area such as an area of outstanding natural beauty, National Park or similar category.
- The property is not a listed building.
- The outbuilding is not forward of the principle elevation of the house.
- The cabin will not be above 4m in height.
- Total area covered by buildings will not exceed half of the garden.
- The cabin is not to be used commercially (home office is usually acceptable if it does not detract from the main use of the property).
- The cabin is not to be used as a dwelling.
- There are no other covenants that prevent you from exercising your permitted developments rights.
Garden structures may include swimming pools, animal shelters, tennis courts and so on. The size of the garden structure does not appear to be relevant to planning exemption but it does have an influence on whether or not building regulations approval is necessary and/or the cabins position relative to boundaries. Please see our section on Building Regulations
Before you read any further….some important notes.
The permitted development rules shown apply to houses. Flats, maisonettes or other buildings are not included. You should also check with your Local Planning Authority if permitted development rights apply as they may have been removed.
Permitted development rights may also have been restricted if your house is listed or in a designated area. Again check with your Local Planning Authority in these circumstances.
This guide relates to planning for England only. The policy in Wales or elsewhere may be different.