(Good news - most of the time no)
Identifying whether you need to apply for planning permission can be a difficult task. The details regarding development within the curtilage of a dwelling house might be challenging to find, which is why we’ve written this post!
It is the consumer’s responsibility to research the appropriate legislation regarding development within their curtilage. That being said, we would like to provide some guidance. We have provided a list below that will give you a general overview of development that is not permitted. (You may apply for permission, in any case.)
Development that is not permitted:
- Development is not permitted in front of the house, or in front of a hypothetical line drawn through the front to the side boundary of land that surrounds the house.
- If the pergola is erected more than 2m within the boundary of the dwelling house. Its height must not exceed 2.5 metres.
- Must not exceed 3 metres in height, in any other case.
- It mustn't cover more than 50% of the area of your land.
- If cannot be situated within the curtilage of a listed building
- If your house is in a conservation area and your pergola is more than 20m from the house and greater than 10 square metres, you will need planning permission.
All information on this page has been collected from ‘Permitted Development Rights for Householders’ by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (2019, September).
We recommend you go to the following link for the full version: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/596/schedule/2/part/1/made