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When Is planning permission required for decking

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When is Planning Permissions Required for Decking?

Adding decking to the rear of your home can create an attractive focal area.  It is ideal for garden furniture and the barbecue, offering a place to spend time outside in the warmer months.  But do you need planning permission to add decking to your garden?

Permitted development

Currently, the UK has a system in place called permitted development that allows you to make a number of changes to your home without the need for planning permission.  Many Self Build Homes and existing properties can use it to add anything from a conservatory to converting a garage without the need for regulatory sign off.

Decking can fall under permitted development and not need planning permission under the following situations:

  • The decking is not more than 30cm above the ground
  • The decking along with other outbuildings such as sheds don’t cover more than 50% of the total garden area

These rules apply to houses but not to flats or maisonettes and there may be some question about converted houses or other buildings.  So with these, it is best to check with the local planning authority to see the position for your specific property.  If there is an Article 4 Direction or other restriction in place, then this takes over from permitted development and means you need permission.

Other considerations

While you might not need planning permission for your decking if it falls under the rules above, it is worth talking to any neighbours about the project before you start.  The majority of reasons for problems with decking comes due to a dispute with neighbours who object to it.  If the decking affects the privacy or value of the house next door, then you need to get permission for it and let them know what you are doing.

There are also a few exceptions where you need to get planning permission before putting up the decking.  These include:

  • If the decking is within 20 metres of a highway
  • If the decking is attached to a listed building, in a conservation area or a national park
  • If the decking is more than 3 metres high

So while mostly you can use permitted development to add decking to your property, if you are at all in doubt about any point it is worth checking with the local planning authority.  If you don’t and it was needed, you can be fined and made to remove it if the planning authority finds out or someone makes a complaint.