I want to put up a garden shed, do I need consent?

Answer: 

You may need planning consent but for Building regulation purposes a garden shed may be exempt.

If it is located at least 1m from any boundary of your property then it is exempt if it is:

  • under 30m² in internal floor area,
  • single storey and detached,
  • contains no sleeping accommodation
If it is within 1m of your boundaries then it may still be exempt if, in addition to the above:
  • it is constructed substantially of materials of limited combustibility

If a shed is under 15m² in internal floor area and contains no sleeping accommodation it is exempt.

This advice relates solely to Building Control Opens in a new window matters and you should consult the planning pages of the website or the planning portal Opens in a new window website for advice on planning matters.