Do I Need Planning Permission for my Garage or Shed?

Shed Planning Permission is usually not required

Adding a garage or shed to your property can be a great idea, it gives you extra indoor space for storage of lawnmowers, garden tools, bulky household items or, in the case of a garage, your car, keeping it away from adverse weather conditions and more secure.  However, when it comes to building, you need to ensure that you’re not breaching shed planning permission legislation or you may end up paying a demolition bill. 

According to Kildare County Council’s rules, you can build a garage, shed, greenhouse or other structure on your property but there are some rules to follow:

  • No structure you build should be constructed or placed forward of the front wall of the house.
  • Any structure(s) built within the curtilage (land surrounding, such as garden or driveway) of a house must not exceed 25 square metres in area. This means 25 square metres is the maximum area allowed, either in a single building or collectively (such as a shed and a garage).
  • The structure must not reduce the amount of private, open space reserved exclusively for the use of the occupants of the house to the rear or to the side of the house to less than 25 square metres. This means that at least 25 square metres of outside/garden space must remain after construction.
  • The external finishes of any new structure (shed, garage, storage) and its roof covering must conform to those of the house.
  • The height of the structure must not exceed 3 metres, or 4 metres if it has a tiled/slated pitched roof.
  • The structure must not be used for human habitation or keeping livestock/animals.

Here at C & S Sheds, we have garages and sheds in a wide range of exterior finishes and sizes, enabling you to comply with legislation when building your extra space.  If you’re not sure what you need to do to remain compliant, why not get in touch and one of our friendly staff members will check for you?

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