Other development within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse

There are many other types of developments that can happen within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse and the following 5 classes cover the most common. Installation of some microgeneration equipment is discussed in the circular.

Ancillary buildings including sheds, garages, sun-houses, greenhouses etc

shedIn general, this class permits the provision of any building incidental to the enjoyment of the house if it is in the rear. The height of the eaves (gutter) can not be higher than 3 metres and no part of the building can be higher than 4 metres.

The part of the building that is within a metre of a boundary cannot be higher than 2.5 metres. The total area covered by proposed and existing development must be less than half the curtilage.

In the case of houses in conservation areas or within the curtilage of a  listed building, the footprint of the ancillary building cannot exceed 4 square metres.

Building standards may apply and a building warrant from the local authority may be required for this type of development.

For more information on the limitations for this class please see the Circular.

 

Any building, engineering, installation or other operation, including swimming pools, oil tanks

In general, this class permits the carrying out of operations within the rear curtilage of a dwellinghouse that are not covered by other classes.

A building operation includes a wider range of development than the provision of an actual building. Typical development permitted by this class would be free standing solar panels, flag poles, swimming pools and oil tanks.

The height of the resulting structure cannot be higher than 3 metres, and the total area covered by proposed and existing development must be less than half the curtilage.

There are no permitted development rights for these operations in conservation areas or for a flat. Listed building consent is required if the proposed development affects the character or setting of a listed building.

Building standards may apply and a building warrant from the local authority may be required for this type of development.

For more information on the limitations for this class please see the Circular.

 

Hard surface

This class permits the construction or replacement of a hard surface within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse.  If the hard surface is located between the dwellinghouse and a road, it must be of porous material or rain water run off must be dealt within the curtilage of the dwellinghouse.

There are no permitted development rights for hard surfaces in conservation areas or within the curtilage of a listed building then an application to the planning authority is required. Listed building consent is required if the proposed hard surface affects the character or setting of a listed building.

The Department of Communities and Local Government has produced separate guidance on permeable paving.

Building standards may apply and a building warrant from the local authority may be required for hard standing.

For more information on the limitations applying to this class please see the Circular.

 

Decking

DeckingThis class permits the construction, maintenance, improvement or alteration of any deck or other raised platform within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse. The floor level of the deck or other raised platform must not exceed 0.5 metres and the combined height of the deck and any balustrade or screen attached to it must not exceed 2.5 metres.

If the deck or other raised platform is in conservation areas  or within the curtilage of listed building its maximum size is 4 square metres. There are no permitted development rights for decking for flats.

Building standards will apply and a building warrant  from the local authority may be required for the deck or raised platform.

For more information on the limitations for this class please see the Circular.

 

Gates, fences, walls or other means of enclosure

This class permits the erection, construction, maintenance, improvement or alteration of any gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure.

The overall height must not exceed 2 metres and if it fronts a road or is forward of the part of the principal elevation or side elevation that is nearest a road it cannot be exceed 1 metre.

There are no permitted development rights in conservation areas or within, or bound, the curtilage of a listed building. Listed Buildings consent may be required to work to some structures such as boundary walls within the curtilage of a listed building.

These permitted development rights do not apply to flats.

Building standards may apply and a building warrant  from the local authority may be required.

For more information on the limitations applying to this class please see the Circular.