Do I need planning permission?

Most log cabins and summerhouses are classed as temporary buildings and as such do not usually require planning permission. There are however a few criteria that the building must adhere to. A full description of the permitted development rights are available by clicking here. The most relevant pages are 43, 44 and 45. Below is an excerpt from the latest ammendment dated 6th Feb 2012...

The provision within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse of a building for any purpose incidental to the enjoyment of that dwellinghouse or the alteration, maintenance or improvement of such a building.

(1) Development is not permitted by this class if—

  1. it consists of a dwelling;
  2. any part of the development would be forward of a wall forming part of the principal elevation or side elevation where that elevation fronts a road;
  3. the height of the eaves would exceed 3 metres;
  4. any part of the development would exceed 4 metres in height;
  5. any part of the development within 1 metre of the boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse would exceed 2.5 metres in height;
  6. as a result of the development the area of ground covered by development within the front or rear curtilage of the dwellinghouse (excluding the original dwellinghouse and any hard surface or deck) would exceed 50% of the area of the front or rear curtilage respectively (excluding the ground area of the original dwellinghouse and any hard surface or deck);

If you live in a listed building or conservation area then the rules can change slightly, please contact your local planning office.

If you require any clarification of these rules please let us know and we will try to help.

Please note that Forest Products cannot be held liable for any planning issues that may arise, it is up to the customer to establish whether planning permission or building warrant is required.


Forest Products Leisure Ltd, Mill of Hole House, Echt, Westhill, Aberdeenshire AB32 7AL

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