Planning permission for garden decking

Decking is a great addition to any garden; find out here whether you need planning permission to install decking in your property.

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Are you looking for a way to transform your garden? If so, installing decking is a popular improvement which allows you to enjoy your garden in the summer and may add value to your property as well as provide you with extra space to relax and dine in. However, you may need planning permission to install decking, so make sure you find out first otherwise you might find yourself having to remove decking, which costs time and money.

When thinking about installing decking in your garden, think carefully about what you want to use the decking for.

Some questions you should ask yourself are:

  • Do I want the decking to connect onto my patio doors? Or do I need completely new patio doors installed? If this is the case, the angle of your decking and its position will obviously be dependent on where the doors are located.
  • In the summer do I want to have the decking in the shade, maybe under existing trees, or do I want it in full sunlight?
  • Is the decking in view of neighbours? Do I want to enhance privacy by adding a screen or try to situate decking in a location which reduces visibility?
  • Do I require landscaping due to uneven surfaces? Could I resolve this issue by simply constructing decking on a slope with different levels?
  • What is the function of this decking? What size will I therefore need it to be? You may wish to mark out an area where you want your decking to visualise what it will be like.

The next step

Next, you should try to establish the size and height measurements in addition to the position of the decking. A professional decking company will be able to provide sketches which include information as to whether trees or bushes/shrubs need to be removed. Now you have this information you can find out if you need planning permission. If any of the following points apply to you, you will most certainly need to submit a planning application for your decking:

  • If any part of the decking is above three metres in height.
  • If your decking will impinge on your neighbours privacy.
  • If the decking extends across existing building lines.
  • If the decking is in a national park, conservation area or attached to a listed building.

      You will not need planning permission if:

  • Your decking is no more than 30cm above ground level.
  • Together, with any extensions or outbuildings, the decking does not cover any more than 50% of your garden area.

From these guidelines you can gain a good idea as to where you stand with planning permission. If you are in any doubt whether permission is required, contact your local Building Authority or a decking company for advice. If your decking does require a planning application you can find yourself waiting around two months for permission to be granted, so plan in advance if you want it ready for the summer!

Once you have been granted planning permission, it is time for you to decide upon the design of your decking and hire a professional to carry out the construction. Get some inspiration for your decking design and materials here.

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