The Government is responsible for the national policy on building regulations. Building regulations exist to ensure the health, safety and welfare of people in the building and the energy efficiency of the building.
Building regulations (not to be confused with planning permission) are concerned with how a structure is designed, built and insulated.
Garden Rooms up to an internal floor area of 30 square metres are generally exempt from building regulations (Except when the structure is to be used for sleeping accommodation).
The rules governing building regulations for garden buildings and structures are as follows:
In all cases, building regulations or building control will be required if the building contains any sleeping accommodation.
Our garden rooms, offices and studios comply with the 2.5m maximum height requirements. Our garden lodges comply with the 4.0m maximum height requirements.
Garden rooms up to 15m2 internal floor area (>5.5m x 3m) are installed 0.5m from any boundary.
Garden building over 15m2 internal floor area (>5.5m x 3m) and up to 30m2 (8m x 4m) internal floor area are installed 1m from any boundary.
The above minimum distances from any boundaries generally eliminate the necessity of applying for planning permission and building control.
By building high quality energy efficient garden structures which utilise the latest state of the art thermal insulation, we are tackling the issue of global warming by reducing the energy used in heating and the burning of fossil fuels.
For a truly habitable outdoor garden building it should be at least designed, built and well insulated.
After all a garden building is an extension to your main home and we know you would much rather use the building all year round whatever the climate!