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Do I need planning permission for decking?

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

Do I need planning permission for decking?


Do I need planning permission for decking?
Do I need planning permission for decking?

Introduction

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.


Conclusion

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.

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