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Planning Permission for Decks and decking projects

Planning permission is rarely required for decks, providing the following criteria are not exceeded. However, it may be prudent to obtain a Certificate of Permitted Development if there is any doubt.

If asked, your local authority will almost certainly suggest that you submit a planning application. They make a charge for this!


Garden or Timber Patio Decks.

No Planning permission is normally required (Check with your local authority Planning Department) if >>>>>>>

From 1 October 2008, Decking or other 'platforms' are allowed as 'permitted Development' - PROVIDING that the deck is no more than 30cm (12in) above the existing ground level, and that the decking etc does not cover more than 50% of your garden area.

Building Regulations normally apply to all decks that require planning permission.

The requirements for planning permission for decking and deck projects are briefly set out below.

Decking Projects Requiring Planning Permission include the following (There can be other reasons)

If your deck is at ground level, then it will not require planning permission, for you are simply adding a hard surface in your garden. You are entitled to do this anywhere in your rear garden.

Building Regulations


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