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Outbuilding under Permitted Development.

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Where do I begin?

If you’re looking to extend your home without planning permission and make use of the land around your home by building an outbuilding such as an office or playroom for your children, there is a few rules which you will need to comply with in regards to what you can and cannot develop under the rules of permitted developments.


Outbuildings can be:

  • Garages

  • Shed

  • Gym

  • Office

  • Games / Playroom.

  • Storage

  • Swimming Pools

  • Container


Outbuildings cannot be:

  • Self-contained accommodation

  • Bedroom

  • Kitchen

  • Granny Flat

  • Annex Accommodation


The rules allow purpose incidental to the enjoyment to the house, but it doesn’t allow a development for the primary living of the house


What are the official rules for building an outbuilding?


Class E buildings


(A) Any building or enclosure, swimming pool or other pool required for a purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse as such, or the maintenance, improvement, or other alteration of such a building or enclosure or

(B) A container used for domestic heating purposes for the storage of oil or liquid petroleum gas


E.1 Development is not permitted by class E if:


(A) Permission to use the dwellinghouse as a dwellinghouse has been granted only be virtue of Class M, N, P, PA or Q of part 2 of this schedule (change of use)

(B) The total area of ground covered by buildings, enclosures, and containers within the curtilage (other than the original dwellinghouse) would exceed 50% of the total area of the curtilage (excluding the round area of the original dwellinghouse)

(C) Any part of the building, enclosure, pool or container would be situated on the land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation of the original dwellinghouse

(D) The building would have more than a single storey

(E) The height of the building, enclosure or container would exceed.

(I) 4 meters in the case of a building with a dual pitched roof

(II) 2.5 meters in 5he case of a building, enclosure of container within 2 meters of the boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse, or

(III) 3 meters in any other case


(F) The height of the eaves of the building would exceed 2.5 meters.

(G) The building, enclosure, pool or container would be situated within the curtilage of the listed building

(H) It would include the construction or provision of a Verandah, balcony or raised platform

(I) It relates to a dwelling or a microwave antenna.

(J) The capacity of the container would exceed 3,500 litres.


E.2 In the case of any land within the curtilage of the dwellinghouse which is within


(A) A world heritage site,

(B) A national park,

(C) An area of outstanding natural beauty or

(D) The broads,


Development is not permitted by class E if the total area of ground covered by building enclosures, pools and containers situated more than 20 meters from any wall of the dwellinghouse would exceed 10 square meters


E.3 In the case of any land within the curtilage of the dwellinghouse whish is Article 2(b) land, development is not permitted by Class E id any pert of the building, enclosure, pool, or container would be situated on land between a wall forming a side elevation of the dwellinghouse and the boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse


Interpretation of Class E


E.4 For the purposes of Class E, “Purpose incidental” to the enjoyment of dwellinghouse as such includes the keeping of poultry, bees, pet animals, birds or other livestock for the domestic needs or personal enjoyment of the occupants of the dwellinghouse


For more information

For more advice and guidance on building an outbuilding contact Gibbons Construction Management.


Gibbons Construction Management

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