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Does my log cabin need planning permission?

The larger the log cabin and the closer it is to your property boundary, the more likely you are to need permission. Having said that, let’s break down planning requirements according to the UK’s

Log Cabin Maximum Size

There isn’t anything in these requirements for planning that states a max floorplan size for a log cabin. But, as we’ve shown, your log cabin can’t be bigger than 50% of your garden.

Log Cabin Construction

Anything from a BillyOh standard size log cabin to larger sizes is easily assembled. That’s because we supply our customers with pre-cut tongue and groove panels.

All you (and a friend) need to do is follow the assembly instructions provided with your order. Using some basic tools you and a friend can have your BillyOh log cabin assembled in no time.

Check out the video below to see how, no matter what size log cabins, this process looks:

planning permission approved drawing with a green approved stamp

Building Without Planning

This is worth mentioning. Say you do decide to go ahead and building a structure without planning. And you later find out you need planning permission. If so, you can be served an ‘enforcement notice’.

This would mean you’d have to undo all changes made to your garden and log cabin!

So instead, BillyOh Fraya Pent Log Cabin, you won’t have any restrictions. This is because our log cabins are built with eaves and roof heights in mind.

BillyOh Darcy log cabin on a patio at the end of footpath in a garden

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Workshop

Just because you opt for a log cabin, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your dreams of a man-cave or she-shed.

In fact, with log cabin workshops you can keep up with DIY and have an aesthetically pleasing garden building.

Benefits of Log Cabins

The benefits of log cabins range from their solid and durable construction to their natural beauty. Plus, a log cabin can act almost like a house without planning.

So don’t stress over an extension and the planning requirements that go with it. Think about adding character and value to your property with a log cabin instead.

And we hope that answered all your questions about log cabin planning permission. To recap, just scroll to the FAQs below.

Why Buy A Log Cabin from Garden Buildings Direct?

Our log cabins are made with high-quality European sourced timber. They’re also available in a range of cladding thickness. On top of that, they all come with a 10-year guarantee against rot, decay, and insect infestation.
Utilising tongue and groove construction, we offer pre-cut garden cabins that are made by experts and assembled by you. Save on installation, don’t skimp on quality – buy a BillyOh log cabin today!
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FAQs

As long as your log cabin is not being used for permanent residential use or as a holiday home or accommodation. If so, then you are more than within your rights to sleep within your log cabin without requiring planning permission.

 

For more info, check out our guide on installing utilities to your garden building.

 

Your log cabin can really be any size so long as:

 

  • It's not larger than 50% of your garden size
  • It isn't built past the front of your house
  • Its eaves and roof height don't exceed the regulations (especially if built within 2m of a boundary)
  • It's a single-storey structure

 

For example, our BillyOh Cove Multiroom measures W5.5m x D5.0m. If that suits all the above criteria for your garden, then you still wouldn't need planning permission.

This may depend on the proposed size and usage of your log cabin. For more information, get in touch with your local council. Or, opt for a log cabin that meets these requirements (like those sold here at Garden Buildings Direct) which won't need planning permission.

Your log cabin can really be any size so long as:

 

  • It's not larger than 50% of your garden size
  • It isn't built past the front of your house
  • Its eaves and roof height don't exceed the regulations (especially if built within 2m of a boundary)
  • It's a single-storey structure