Do I need planning permission for a garage?

Want to put a garage up next to your house? It can be such a useful addition. Not only a place to store your car but for all those other outdoor items such as garden furniture and odds and ends. A simple solution to storage stresses and if your planned garage falls within certain rules, you won’t even need planning permission.

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Permitted garages

So first of all, if your house is a listed building you will definitely need planning permission. If you are lucky enough to be located in one of the national parks, a conservation area, a World Heritage Site or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will also need planning permission. Generally, for the majority of properties located in Luton, the rules are that your garage will not need planning permission if:

1. The garage is not on land forward of a wall that forms the principal elevation.
2. It is single story, with the eaves no higher than 2.5 metres and the roof no higher than 4 metres (3 metres if it is a single pitched roof).
3. It is no higher than 2.5 metres if it is within 2 metres of the dwelling house.
4. There are no verandas, balconies, or raised platforms.
5. It doesn’t take up more than half of the land around the original house (together with any other outbuildings).

These are the basics, and if you think your project might conform, it is worth taking a deeper look at the planning regulations provided by the government.

Do I need planning permission for a garage

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Adding Detail

Once you have ensured that your intended garage complies with the basic rules you can consider other details. For example, the type of door you install will not only make a big difference to the look of your property but will also impact its convenience.

Automatic doors or manual doors? Automatic doors are hugely convenient. At the touch of a button, the door will open allowing you to avoid getting out in the cold or rain before parking your car. For a large selection of automatic garage doors in Luton, check out the range offered by, who will also provide you with a free quote for installation.

Once you have your garage sorted out, you will want to start considering your driveway too.

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