Do I need Planning Permission for a garden shed?

Planning permission for bike storage sheds

Garden sheds and planning permission

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is: "˜Will I need Planning Permission for my Asgard, Garden Shed?"

Garden sheds and cycle sheds may need planning permission depending upon your local planning authority, this may be especially important if you are planning on putting it in your front garden. With many more of us taking up cycling, there has been a push to relax planning laws surrounding cycle sheds, so much so that it's been on BBC news! 

Recently, Scotland amended their laws to allow people to install cycle stores up to 1.5m in height without applying for planning permission.

In most circumstances you won’t need planning permission for your Asgard shed - there are some exceptions such as in a conservation area (though we have had customers who have required planning permission).  Some boroughs of London and other parts of the country will not let you have a shed at the front of your property - It is always best to check with your local planning office if in doubt - however, here is some useful information.

Most of the time you won't need planning permission - but check if in doubt!

Before you can make any alterations and improvements to your home, you will need to ensure that you meet certain building regulations and planning permissions from your local authority. This is so that any proposed building work meets safety requirements, local building regulations, Party walls, and Conservation areas.
No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation. (that means not in front of the house).
Outbuildings and garages to be a single story with maximum eaves height of 2.5 meters and maximum overall height of four meters with a dual-pitched roof or three meters for any other roof.
The maximum height of 2.5 meters in the case of a building, enclosure, or container within two meters of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwelling-house (that means the boundary of the whole plot).
No verandas, balconies, or raised platforms (where are we Australia? It's too cold for a veranda anyway, surely!).
No more than half the area of land around the original house would be covered by additions or other buildings.

Asgard will take no responsibility for the need for planning permission, it is the customer's responsibility to do the necessary checks.

Neither Planning Permission or Building Regulation approval is required provided that:

  • Sheds and greenhouses do not cover more than half of the area of the garden; not including the area occupied by the house.
  • It contains no sleeping accommodation and the floor area does not exceed 15 square metres.
  • No point is less than one metre from a boundary.
  • It is not more than 3m high for a flat roof, or 4m with a ridged roof.
  • No part projects beyond any wall of the house that faces a road. The outbuilding is for use only by those who occupy the house.
  • Building Regulations do state that structures built of combustible material (i.e. a wooden shed) must be at least 2 meters from the main house.

Top Tips for sheds in your front garden

If you prefer your bike shed to be in the front garden, and you are allowed to, you may want to consider extra security measures to ensure your bikes are kept safe:

  • Screen off your bike storage shed from the roadside, not only would your neighbours prefer it, but it also keeps it out of sight from any opportunist thieves. Remember someone can be on the lookout to see what you have stored in there. 
  • It may be worth opting for a more robust shed, like our high-security sheds.
  • Ensure you install it correctly, and use all the security features such as any deadbolts and bolting your unit to the ground. If in doubt, we offer a shed installation service.
  • Consider using a ground anchor for an additional security point inside your shed. 
  • Choose a colour suitable for your area. If you are planning to install it in a shady planted spot, opt for green or grey to help it blend in. 
For more information on Planning Permissions and Building Regulations, visit the Government website here:

Please note: this information is given as a guide and it is your responsibility to contact your Local Authorities for more details.

This information is provided in good faith and is correct at the time of writing. Asgard takes no responsibility for customer planning issues. It is the customer's responsibility to check with the Local Authorities if in doubt.