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Do I Need Planning Permission to Pave over My Garden?

11 Feb 2020

If you are considering paving over part of your garden for a new concrete driveway it is important to know if you need planning permission.

For our latest blog, we are going to explain the scenarios where you will and won’t need planning permission.

Understanding Planning Permission Rules for Driveways

You won’t need planning permission if a new or replacement driveway (of any size) uses permeable or porous surfacing that allows water to drain through. These include gravel, concrete block paving or porous asphalt or if rainwater is directed towards a lawn or border to drain naturally.

If the surface covered is more than 5 square metres, planning permission will be required for laying traditional, impermeable driveways that don’t allow water to run to a permeable area.

The permitted development allowances apply to houses and not to the following –

  • Flats and maisonettes
  • Converted houses or houses created through the permitted development right to change use
  • Areas where there may be a planning condition, Article 4 Direction or other restriction which limits permitted development rights

Please note these rules only cover your front garden with any other work such as fences, walls and gates or a dropped kerb possibly requiring planning permission. Rules are also different for patios and driveways that are not part of your front garden.

With regards to dropping kerbs, you will need to obtain permission from the local council to drop kerbs and pavement that require strengthening for new access into a garden across a footpath. This protects any services buried in the grounds such as water pipes.

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