Do You Need Planning Permission for a Pergola with a Roof?
As mentioned, a pergola with a roof is technically called a pavilion. When deciding to build a pavilion, there’s, unfortunately, no straightforward answer when it comes to planning permission.
The general rule of thumb is that you do not need planning permissions, granted that the garden structure adheres to building regulations and permitted development guidelines.
When considering if you need explicit planning permissions, you’ll typically want to take note of the maximum height, total area, location, and pavilion use. If you exceed any of these areas, then you are likely going to need formal planning permission.
Here are the height restrictions to consider for your pergola:
- The maximum height of your pavilion will be 3 meters, including the roof.
- The eaves must be 2.5 meters above the ground.
- If the building is less than 2 meters away from the house, the pavilion can only be 2.5 meters (including the roof).
The total area of the pavilion must be less than 50% of the land around the house. The amount of land you can use for the pavilion takes into account the original house and all its extensions or outbuildings throughout the decades.
Your pavilion can not be built at the front of your house or near any streets or roads. Even on the side of the house, you will need special permission that allows you to do so. Only the back of your home can be used to build a pavilion without special permission. Of course, this would mean you adhere to all the other guidelines as well.
While most uses for your pavilion are perfectly acceptable (e.g., storing, gardening, lounging), there are certain rules to consider:
- You’ll need to consider it an extension of your house only; that means using the pavilion as a private residence and not creating excessive noise or smells.
- It cannot be renovated as a guesthouse or self-contained living accommodation. If it ends up becoming one of these, taxable planning permissions will need to be applied.
While you can build over these limits, that only becomes possible if you ask for planning permission and are ultimately approved.
Remember, these are general guidelines. Consult with your landlord or development officials to be certain and avoid unnecessary problems in the future. There may be other factors that are relevant to your local region that we may not have discussed.