One of our most frequently asked questions is, ‘do I need planning permission for a summer house?’. 

Simply put, most summer houses do not need planning permission. However, this is dependent on the location, size, height and the intended use of your summer house. 

The following conditions should be met in order for your summer houses to be considered permitted development and does not require planning permission:

  1. It is not permitted for a house situated on designated land, such as a conversation area, a World Heritage Site, the Broads, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a national to position a summer house to the site of the house.
  2. The total area covered by a summer house situated more than 20 metres from any wall of the house on designated land must not exceed 10 metres squared.
  3. Summer houses are not permitted within the ground of a listed property.
  4. Summer houses are not permitted if they are forward of the principal elevation of the original house
  5. They must not exceed 50% of the total land around the property
  6. They must not be separate, self-contained, living accommodation
  7. Summer houses must be single-storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and a maximum total height of 4 metres for an apex roof and 3 metres for a pitched roof.
  8. If the summer house is within 2 metres of the properties boundary the height exceeds 2.5 metres.

As an experienced garden building manufacturer and suppliers, we are well equipped to provide you with more information and guidance around planning permission and garden buildings. 

To speak to one of our helpful team members, please contact us on 01233 822042 or email us on