Permitted development for log cabins
Do I need Planning Permission?
There are a set of guidelines within Permitted Development for log cabins. In most cases you will not need planning permission for a log cabin. As long as it satisfies the Permitted Development rules, permission is not needed. Permitted Development for Householders (Technical Guidance) has a set of rules for you to work to.
For Permitted Development the maximum height restriction is 2.5m max height. This is within a two-metre boundary of your property. If you are building outside England then you may need to double check the regulations. Of course, to be sure, you should always check with your Local Planning Authority. Planning rules in your area may differ depending on the location. There maybe restrictions on new build estates or on listed buildings. Designated Land, areas of outstanding natural beauty or conservation areas may need additional permission.
Is it really that important to measure for a log cabin?
It’s not just about making sure it fits in the space in your garden. It will be important for delivery access. Then theres building access and of course vital for your permitted development. The height of the structure needs to comply with Permitted Development regulations.
Measure the height of the structure from the ground level. This is the surface next to your log cabin. If your garden or plot is not level, for example if the ground slopes, then measure from the highest part.
A couple of extra things to consider with Permitted Development for log cabins
• Outbuildings are not permitted forward of the original elevation of your property. This pretty much means no log cabins in the front garden!
• Any log cabins or out buildings can only be single storey. Don’t get too carried away, leave those plans for a balcony for another time.
• Max height for a cabin with a flat roof or eaves height still needs to be within the 2.5m. This is if you are going to build within two metres of the property boundary. In a larger plot with a greater distance between the property boundary and cabin, you can have a height of 3m. If you are using a pitched roof that increases to 4m.
• It’s not only height that matters, size does too! Your log cabin should not be more than 50% of the total area of available land. Basically, your log cabin can’t take up more than half your garden space.
• Permitted Development regulations say your log cabin can’t be a self-contained living area. It’s the perfect excuse to keep it as a man cave!
If you are in any doubt contact us and ask! We know our log cabins inside out, so we should be able to help you out what ever you need to know.