Do I need planning permission for decking?
Decking is a great way to add value, style, and usability to your outdoor space. If you are planning to install a deck in your garden, you may be wondering if you need planning permission. The answer is not straightforward, and it depends on various factors. In this blog post, we will explore the regulations around planning permission for decking in the UK.
The Permitted Development Rights
In the UK, most decking projects fall under permitted development rights. This means that you do not need planning permission if your decking meets certain criteria. The key regulations that you need to consider include:
The decking is no more than 30cm above the ground
The decking covers no more than 50% of the total area of the garden
The decking is not in front of the principal or side elevation of the house that faces a road
The decking is not in a conservation area or a national park
If your decking meets all these criteria, you can proceed with the installation without seeking planning permission.
When You Need Planning Permission
If your decking does not meet the permitted development criteria, you will need to apply for planning permission. This applies to:
Decking that is more than 30cm above the ground
Decking that covers more than 50% of the total area of the garden
Decking that is in front of the principal or side elevation of the house that faces a road
Decking that is in a conservation area or a national park
Applying for planning permission can be a time-consuming and costly process, and you may need to hire an architect or planning consultant to help you with the application.
Decking can transform your garden, but it is important to ensure that you follow the regulations around planning permission. If you are unsure whether your decking project requires planning permission, it is always best to consult with your local planning authority. By doing so, you can avoid any potential legal issues and ensure that your decking project is a success.