When purchasing a new shed it is important to understand whether you need to apply for planning permission or not. There is certain criteria that needs to be met in order for you to not have to apply.

This Planning Permission Article Covers:

  • The criteria set for shed planning permission

  • The shed boundary distance

  • How close can a shed be to a fence UK?

  • What is the maximum size shed without planning permission?

The Basic Criteria: 

  • It is important that the shed is single storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres. The overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof, or three metres for any other roof.

  • The shed that you have chosen must not cover more than 50% of the garden, not including the area occupied by the house.

  • Locating your shed on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation cannot be considered. Therefore, the shed can not go in the front of the house.

  • If the shed is to be placed within 2 metres of the house boundary, the shed can not exceed more than 2.5 metres in height.

  • The shed can not have a veranda or balcony. If the shed is going to be placed on a raised platform, for instance decking, it can not exceed the height of 30cm from ground level.

  • The shed must be used for domestic purposes, by the owners of the house and can not involve any incidents of being used as sleeping accommodation.

The above criteria is applicable to houses and not to maisonettes, flats or other buildings. If you are considering a garden shed for one of those premises, please consider the appropriate criteria for that property.


These are just guidelines, so if you are still unsure whether the design of your shed meets the criteria of permitted development, take a look at Class E structures in this guide posted by the government – Permitted development rights for householders. Alternatively, please get in contact with your local authority and they will be able to guide you.

The Boundary Distance

One of the most common questions that gets asked is how close can a shed be to a fence? or what is the minimum distance between a shed and fence?.

If the location of your shed is less than 2 metres away from the boundary, the shed can be no larger than 2.5 metres high. Luckily, most Dunster House products do not exceed the height of 2.5 metres. Therefore, you can place the garden shed as close as you want to a boundary (example fence), without the concern of planning permission.

The Biggest Dunster House Shed

The largest size shed that we offer is W3m x D5m Sanctuary III Heavy Duty Pressure Treated Wooden Shed. As you can see, the Sanctuary shed is only 2.34m in overall height, so is under the planning permission requirements.

The Sanctuary III Garden Shed is under 2.5m high so typically won't need planning permission

We offer a wide selection of wooden sheds to suit your style of garden. With a variety of features, shapes and sizes, there will never be a reason for you to turn away. Explore our wide range of garden sheds now!


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