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  • Writer's pictureIngrid Smyth

Do I need Planning Permission for Garden Room?

Updated: Nov 4, 2017

Planning Permission for a Garden Room

Based on Irish planning regulations, at the time of writing this article, in most cases a garden room will not require planning permission because it is usually falls into the category of class 3 exempted development (s.i. no.600/2001).

Construction of a garden room to the rear of the house does not require planning permission if:

• the area of garden room does not exceed 25 square metres;

• the garden room is not reducing the amount of private open space to the rear or to the side of the house to less than 25 square meters;

• there are also some height restrictions for garden rooms.

It is important to note that in some situations a garden room may be exempted as a building, but the use may require planning permission. You will most likely require planning permission if you want to use garden room in the way that it will have an impact on neighbours or the local community. For example, planning permission is required, if you are intending to use a garden room as a commercial office with staff.

Care should also be taken if your property is a Protected Structure and advice should be sought from the Local Authority before embarking on construction of a garden room in this instance.

The above information on planning permissions for a garden room is provided for guidance purposes only.

If you are unsure seek professional advice before embarking on your build.

(image courtesy of Petanimuda)

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Good day, all a little update, I have been given retrospective permission for the shed, and the planning office is happy that my shed does not break the permitted development rules in my area. I have some guidelines to follow however these are all totally reasonable. Thanks for your work.

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