You can build a garage or an outbuilding on your property without planning permission as long as it’s of a reasonable size and no higher than 4 metres. However, it is always important to bear in mind that garages cannot take up more than half of the land around the original property. It is wise to discuss such proposals when considering this with your local planning authority to ensure that any work you do is lawful and correct. You will also need to take into consideration the legal requirements involved. Nevertheless, if you do build a garage without planning permission you must ensure the development complies with the conditions set out in all regulations. These stipulate that a garage must be; single-storey, cover no more than half the land surrounding the original house, not sit forward of the principal elevation, no higher than 2.5 metres with a maximum overall height of three metres and finally planning permission for a garage application. To discuss any further questions or just some general advice about planning permission for a garage please do not hesitate to contact Ashleigh Clarke Architects.