Do I Need Planning Permission to Extend My Garage?

Do I Need Planning Permission to Extend My Garage?

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Extension projects can be an excellent way to add extra space to your property. They can also add more value to your property. However, extension projects can be pretty complicated, especially when working on limited space.

The big question is, do I need planning permission to extend my garage? The answer to this question will depend on the size of your project. More often than not, you may not need planning permission if the work doesn’t involve any outdoor work.

Consult an Expert

We recommend talking to a construction expert if you are unsure of the scope of your extension project. They are conversant with the laws around building and construction in your area. They will also help in applying for the planning permission if one is needed.

It is always better to be safe rather than sorry. The fines for doing a construction project without permits or licenses are hefty. In other cases, the local authorities may force you to pull down the structure or halt the project until you apply for the needed documents.

Applying for Planning Permission

The process can be complicated, especially if you are doing it for the first time. We always suggest working with a construction expert or architect during this stage. The expert will help you get the required papers for submission.

You will also need to run different surveys. For example, you will need to run a site survey and design meeting. You will also need the planning permission drawings and supporting design policy documents.

The process may take four to eight weeks before you get approval. However, if there are errors in your documents, your application will be rejected and you will have to reapply.

There are instances where you may not need to get planning permission to extend your garage. The first instance is if the works are internal and will not involve separating the garage from the main house. The extension project should not go higher than four meters.

A Successful Garage Extension Project

Now that you know if you need planning permission to extend your garage, the next step is looking at what makes a successful garage extension project. First, make sure you have your budget ready before breaking ground.

You will also need to hire an architect to help you bring that design to life. Nowadays, most architects also offer project management services, and this will ensure that the project meets the design standards from start to finish.

You should also consider if you will need to move out during the construction project. You may need to move out if the project alters your house’s electrical and plumbing systems.

Wrapping Up

Extending your garage or kitchen can be an excellent way to add more space to your house without building an extra room. However, you need to be careful, as minor errors can affect the overall look of your home.

Make sure you know what permissions you need before starting the project. We recommend consulting an expert or visiting government offices related to building and construction in your area.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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  • Without adding a new room, expanding your kitchen or garage might be a great way to increase the size of your home. However, you must exercise caution because even small mistakes might detract from your home’s aesthetic appeal.

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