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Do I need planning permission?

In Scotland, most ancillary buildings don't require planning permission, because most meet a set of rules called 'permitted development'. Our advice is always to check with your local authority as to the specifics of your area.
However the following is the Scottish Government's guidelines :

The permitted development rules for an ancillary building are:

  • it's located at the back of the house
  • it isn't used as a separate home to live in
  • it doesn't take up half of the grounds behind your home
  • it isn't higher than 4 metres
  • any part that is a metre or less from the boundary is no higher than 2.5 metres
  • the eaves (the part where the wall meets the roof) is no higher than 3 metres
  • if the land is in a conservation area or in the grounds of a listed building, the ancillary building has a footprint of less than 4 square metres

Source - Scottish Government guidelines

For further information regarding the Planning Permission process, please click here.