Advice and Information on Obtaining Permits for Wooden Garages

Sorting through permits and approvals can be a slow, frustrating experience, but it isn’t something you have to do on your own. We’re here to talk you through the permits, regulations, and approvals you’re likely to need when building one of our wooden garage kits. 

With over 30 years of knowledge and experience, you’ll find the entire process simplified in no time at all. Don’t let red tape interfere with your home improvement project. Start work on it by getting in touch with us or using our online builder to test out design ideas.

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Our Planning Permission Guide

Our specialists have compiled a guide addressing everything you need to know and understand about planning permission. It encompasses a wide range of issues and concerns related to constructing a timber garage on your property. 

Gain insights into crucial topics like finding optimal timing to begin the planning process, determining when planning permission is necessary, and the essential components of a planning application. You can also find out more about pricing considerations, estimated timeframes, and the estimated duration of your application’s processing.

If you’re anticipating having to apply for permission, either because your design is large or complex, our guide is a vital resource. Start here and don’t miss information you need to know.

Get Expert Help with Planning Drawings

We can also offer a practical solution to assist you in kickstarting your planning application process. Our dedicated in-house team of experts specialises in creating precise planning drawings – the foundation of your garage project.

These drawings are essential for your presentation to your local planning authority. They help the authority to understand and approve your proposal by making your intentions or your property clear.

By collaborating closely with us on this, you’ll soon have access to a well-crafted blueprint that perfectly aligns with regulatory requirements. This significantly streamlines the path to obtaining planning permission, ensuring a smoother and more straightforward process.

Information on Building Regulations

In most cases, building regulations will not apply to freestanding (detached) timber buildings like garages. However, there are a number of stipulations to this. 

Building regulations will not usually apply at all to your wood garage design if:

  • If the floor area of the building is less than 15 square metres
  • The building does not contain sleeping accommodation

If your garage design has a floor area of between 15 square metres and 30 square metres, you won’t normally need to apply for building regulations approval. This is as long as:

  • The building does not contain sleeping accommodation and is either;
    • At least one metre away from any property boundary
    • Is constructed entirely or substantially of non-combustible materials

Building a new garage that’s attached to your home will normally require building regulations approval, regardless of size.

Building regulations will also apply if you want to convert an attached garage into a space of habitable use. Structures may be exempt from requiring approval if they meet certain exemption criteria. This can be found on the Planning Portal.

If building regulations apply to your wooden garage, the structure must be built to reasonable standards.

Getting Fully Compliant Bespoke Builds

Our approach to wooden garages requiring planning permission is conducted in close collaboration with our customers. We work with you to provide the high-quality design that you want, for any versatile fun or practical use that you have in mind. 

In this time, we’ll also help make sure designs are compliant with local regulations. Whether this means ensuring your double wooden garage is covered, checking the standard roof height that can be applied without permission, or finding out how to apply for permission when your two-storey design has sleeping accommodations, our experts will be on hand.

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Secure Permission for Your Garage

Get permission to build the garage you’ve always wanted and sail through planning permission applications with help from The Garage Specialist. Our experts are here to guide you through the requirements and explore your options, so contact us when you’re ready to get started. 

We’ll do everything we can to create the garage design you want, on a fast lead time and delivered anywhere in the UK. Give us a call, send us an email, or start using our online builder to see how we can make sure permission to build it is solidly in place.