Summer House in Scotland: Is Planning Permission Needed?

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summer house scotlandOne major consideration for any individual who wishes to build a summer house Scotland, is that of whether planning permission is needed or not. The general rule is that if a timber summer house is situated within a back garden, then generally planning permission is not needed.

However, individuals still need to be aware of the size of the summer house and how it will look once completed. It still needs to be carefully planned and approval sought if needed, before building work commences.

Legal Considerations

The following legal points need to be considered carefully before summer house building work can begin.

If an outbuilding is going to be remodelled and adapted to become a summer house, as long as it is at the back or side of the house, and takes up no more than 50 percent of the outside available space, it is allowed and no planning permission is needed. This is usually the most common scenario for those who wish to create extra outside living space. It is also the less stressful option.

For those living in the UK, there are however a few restrictions that need to be to considered when it comes to building a summer house.

Summer houses should be no higher than 2.5 metres if placed 2 metres or less inside of the boundary line. It should be noted that each local authority has their own planning criteria, when it comes to the location of summer buildings within a property.

So it is always best to check with the local authority, especially if the property concerned is located next to a neighbouring building.

Summer Houses in Scotland

When building a summer house in Scotland, there are very strict planning and building guidelines when it comes down to boundary lines and building placement. If the summer house  in Scotland is to be built within 1 metre of a neighbouring property, and will be higher than 2.5 metres, then planning permission will need to be sought.

The importance of where the summer house is positioned

It is also well worth remembering that where the summer house is placed is also of importance when considering if planning permission is needed. Perhaps moving the desired summer house only a few metres from the original planned site may mean that planning permission is no longer needed.

The importance of what the summer house looks like with regards to planning regulations

As well as the position of the summer house and height of the roof, how the summer house ‘looks’ also plays a pivotal role in helping to gain planning permission. It is always best to try and keep the appearance of the summer house in line with any surrounding buildings.

This means maintaining a similar height and brickwork. It is also important that the summer house blends in with neighbouring properties, if there are any, so keeping to a similar style and paintwork finish.

When it comes to considering the height of the building, it is always best to add on 20cm for planned decking blocks or a timber base for added airflow. Summer houses need ventilation just as any other building to prevent damp and rot.

Research the planning permission that is needed to build a summer house

It is always best to read up on any rules and regulations regarding planning permission for a summer house before any materials are bought and the building work begins. A good place to find information is on the local authority council website. If still in doubt, then make an appointment to talk to someone at the local council who can quickly clarify the rules and regulations.

Are planning applications usually successful?

What is extremely comforting is that the majority of planning permissions for a summer house Scotland are approved, with minimal disruption to planned building work. It is just a formality that many individuals have to go through in order to create their desired summer house but will be enjoyed for many years to come.