Do I Need Planning Permission for a Garden Room?

Summer is fast approaching and this is the time of year that most homeowners turn to some exciting renovations to make their home more enjoyable.

If you want to make your home and garden a comfortable, tranquil, and beautiful space to enjoy the warmer weather, then a Brackenwood Garden Room is ideal for you. Your garden could be a dry, tidy place – even during the colder months!

Outdoor living spaces are becoming more popular all across the UK. Since COVID-19, homeowners with gardens large and small are setting their sights on having outdoor spaces that they can enjoy.

That’s why at Brackenwood, we offer bespoke Garden Rooms that provide homeowners with a beautiful space designed just for them.

Brackenwood Garden Rooms offer a wide range of styles and designs that can fit any size of outdoor space. However, there is one question that our customers keep asking when they call to inquire about designing a Brackenwood Garden Room. “Do I need planning permission to build a Garden Room?”

In this article, we will explore the regulations and restrictions surrounding Garden Room planning permission and planning applications, as well as the benefits that your very own modern log cabin can have on your quality of life.

Furthermore, we will delve into how Brackenwood can support and guide you throughout the whole process. Stay tuned to learn more about planning permission and how Brackenwood can help make your dream outdoor space a reality.

Want to find out more about planning permission for a Conservatory instead? Read the blog HERE. Or check out our complete guide to Conservatories HERE.

Garden Rooms

Garden rooms can provide extra living space or garden office, adding value to your property whilst enhancing its overall look and aesthetic appeal.

Knowing the guidelines and legal requirements is important when installing one.  By following the rules now, it is far easier to avoid potential complications much further down the line.

By working with a reputable company like Brackenwood, homeowners can feel confident that they are adhering to relevant planning permission regulations.

How much value does a Garden Room add to your home? find out HERE.

Timber Garden Rooms

Brackenwood offer a wide selection of styles and designs, to help you find the perfect space to suit your needs.

Brackenwood offers various garden room designs, such as classic wooden structures, contemporary metal-framed rooms, and environmentally friendly sustainable designs.

Our Garden Rooms can be customised with a variety of materials, textures, and colours so you can make your space just the way you like it.

An example of Brackenwood’s attention to detail and versatility of design can be found in our Timber Garden Rooms, which can be finished with a variety of stains or paints to match your desired look.

All our Garden Rooms are designed and pre-fabricated for minimal fuss and disruption. We endeavour to have your new space ready in no time.

All Brackenwood, our Garden Rooms are made from a strong solid timber structure supported by extra-strength posts at each corner.

Using thermally efficient honeycomb foil insulation together with A+ rated Windows and Doors, your new space is fresh and flexible – the ideal space for whatever purpose you wish.

HERE‘s what you need to know before installing double glazing into your home.

Planning Permission

So, do you require planning permission? Most garden rooms from Brackenwood are built without requiring you to submit a planning application to achieve planning permission.

However, there are some restrictions and conditions that must be met in order to avoid the need for all the extra paperwork. These include aspects such as size, location, and intended use of your new room.

In general, garden rooms should not exceed a certain height or occupy more than 50% of the land around the original property.

It is also important to note that the structure should not be placed on land designated for a specific purpose or within a certain distance from the property’s boundary.

Additionally, planning permission may be required if the garden room will be used as a separate living accommodation or for commercial purposes.

However, if you just want to use it as an extra outdoor dining area or garden studio, perhaps a garden gym, living room, or and space to store your essentials, you will not need permission.

Working with a knowledgeable team like Brackenwood is critical to ensuring that all restrictions and regulations are met. We will help guide you through the requirements and design your garden room to fit within the necessary parameters.

By following these criteria, you can enjoy the benefits of a Brackenwood Garden Room without the need for obtaining planning permission, saving you time and hassle in the process.

And if Planning Permission is necessary, we will take care of all the extra work for you, saving you the hassle!

Design System

At Brackenwood, we make our modern Garden Rooms from an entirely unique design system that makes installation super quick and easy.

We want to make sure that there is little disruption to your life so that your new space is ready to use in no time. That’s why we have designed a prefabricated structure.

This allows for quick assembly and minimal fuss to your life. And just think – you could be sitting on your new Garden Room patio outdoor furniture in no time, thanks the Brackenwood’s innovative system.

If you want to design your Garden Room similar to how you would design a conservatory, read the blog for handy tips and hints HERE.

Permitted Development Rights

In most cases, Garden Rooms are outbuildings. This means you won’t need to apply for permission in order to build your new Garden Room.

You can only build an outbuilding, however, if you have Permitted Building Rights. It is unlikely that you will have these rights if you live in an apartment, tenement, or flat.

Permitted Building Rights are usually necessary for out-buildings or any construction that is thought to be “ancillary” or “in support” of the property.

Essentially, they encompass any additions or extensions to the main dwelling.

Determining what qualifies as “ancillary” can be complex. The interpretation of this term can vary from person to person. Therefore, it’s always wise to consult your local council to ensure compliance with the rules governing permitted development.

This is where Brackenwood comes in. We determine factors such as;

  • Whether your Garden Room has the potential to cause regular and ongoing disturbances to the surrounding community.
  • What the intended use of your space will be before embarking on the construction process.

If you go ahead without obtaining relevant permissions, the council may require you to apply for permission later.

You would then have to dismantle your garden building if the planning was not successful.

Chatting to the team at Brackenwood is so important. We check on the necessary planning requirements for you. This could save you a great deal of money, time, and heartache in the long run.


At Brackenwood, we provide the highest quality products on the market. Our Garden Rooms have:

  • A-Rated Energy Efficiency
  • Straight Forward Installation
  • Robust Timber Structure
  • Insulated Steel Base
  • UK Manufacturing
  • Laminated Timber Flooring
  • Choice of a Pitched or Flat Roof
  • Light & Power Options

Understanding that you’re getting something truly substantial is of utmost importance to us at Brackenwood.

As you can see, our system is genuinely one-of-a-kind. It utilises the very best in technology to provide a unique solution made with proven technology.

The strength, rigidity, and thermal efficiency of our Garden Rooms means that we deliver an exceptional space. This makes it a fantastic addition to any size of garden.

This is an ideal solution for a home office, additional workspace, hair salon, art studio, gym, pool or jacuzzi room, garden bar. The possibilities are endless!

The process, from design to completion, couldn’t be simpler. Even during challenging times, we can arrange for you to provide images and measurements of your garden. We will then provide you with a quotation remotely.

So, just imagine yourself enjoying your garden from the comfort of your new Garden Room. Add a water feature or even make things cosy with a fire pit placed nearby to create the perfect seating area for you and your family.

Brackenwood installs unique insulated garden rooms and double glazing solutions to homeowners across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex, and Dorset. Contact us today. We also provide finance offers to suit your needs. Check out our wide range of options HERE.