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Is it necessary to apply for planning permission to put up a permanent, brick-built garden shed?

Generally speaking planning permission isn’t required as long as the shed isn’t built at the front of the house (forward of a wall forming the principal elevation). It must be single storey, with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres, and no more than half of the land surrounding the original house must be covered by outbuildings. Special rules apply in conservation areas and where listed buildings are concerned. You can look at the rules on the internet, at In practice it’s advisable to discuss any major changes to your home with the planning authority. Finally, if your property is leasehold, make sure you comply with the terms of the lease!

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