06 Apr Planning for a Pergola

Adding a pergola to your garden is a stylish way to create a a space for outdoor entertainment, however do you need planning permission?

What is a pergola?

A pergola is becoming an popular option for those wishing to utilise the space in their gardens. The roof of a pergola can be open or covered to create a protected area beneath that can be used in wet weather. Pergolas may be freestanding or can also be added to a house.  

Why chose a pergola?

Choosing a pergola is a fun way of making your outside space more unique. They can offer you extra outside space, that not only looks great but can offer protection. Pergolas are also cost effective, add value to your house, allows you to take advantage of the warmer weather. If you like entertaining, a pergola is a great way to maintain privacy. 

Planning permission

Garden structures such as pergolas, do not require planning permission as long as the following points are followed:

  • The forward principle elevation of a pergola should be fronting a highway.
  • The pergola must be single storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and a total height of less than or equal to 4 meters for a pitched roof or 3 meters for any other type of roof.
  • The pergola must be within 2 meters of a boundary and the maximum height cannot exceed 2.5 meters.
  • The pergola must have no verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • Where no more than 50% of the existing land around the ‘original house’ is already covered by garden buildings.
  • The pergola must not be within the curtilage of a listed building, if it is, then planning permission must be sought.
  • In Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks, World Heritage Sites, the maximum area to be covered by an outdoor structure, more than 20 meters from the original house, must be limited to an area not exceeding 10sq meters. However, any buildings at the side of the property, within these nominated areas, will require planning permission.

As local authorities may interpret these guidelines in different ways, we can help advise whether you may need to apply for planning application. We can help you put a planning application forward to your local council.