The Playhouse Company


No New Commissions Until
December 2021 Read More

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No New Commissions Until December 2021 Read More

Planning Permission

As a general rule playhouses are treated as temporary structures for the purpose of planning permission and as such planning permission is usually not required.

Play Boat Planning Permission



Each planning authority has its own rules but general guidelines are

  • The structure can be up to 4 metres high to the top of a ridged roof if it is to be more than 2 metres from a boundary. If it has a flat roof the maximum height should be 3 metres.
  • The structure must be less than 2.5 metres high if within 2 metres from the boundary
  • The playhouse must not be sited between the dwelling and the main highway.
  • The playhouse should not have a floor area in excess of 30 square metres.
  • If the playhouse has a floor area of more than 20 square metres, it should be at least 1 metre from the boundary.
  • Platforms above 30cm need planning permission. 

We would advise you find out what your local authority views are on these guidelines within the context of children's play equipment, as views differ within different planning departments: (At present technically you need planning permission for a standalone children's slide!)  In our experience as long as the proposal is sensible and not adversely affecting neighbours; planning permission will either not be needed or is granted after going through the correct process.  Should you wish to apply for planning permission we are happy to assist you with drawings to submit, there is an additional cost for this.  If you would like to discuss this further then please do not hesitate to contact us.

If your dwelling is listed or in a Conservation Area there maybe local planning differences. A quick phone call to the local planning department should clarify the situation and give peace of mind.

Follow the link to the official government site on planning permission

Richard & Kay Frost


We Are Unable To Accept New Commissions Presently

We are a small company, set up and run by Richard and Kay and supported by a skilled team of 4 who help build and deliver our projects.

Richard has recently had a health scare, and during the next few months of his recuperation we have decided, reluctantly, to limit the number of projects we take on and have decided to stop taking new commissions until December 2021.

Richard does all the design and manages the build and installation, and Kay is the voice you will speak to and help with advice and then making sure your project runs smoothly from inception to the children enjoying it in your garden. Over the past 30 years we have completed well over 1,000 projects, all to a greater or lesser extent custom designed. It is a great privilege to design and build playhouse and treehouses, and for us almost as much fun to design and build as the children have pleasure thereafter. We firmly believe that in order to design and build a great playhouse project you must love it just as much. We do love what we do and this makes it all the more difficult for us to pause enquiries, but health is paramount so makes this the only decision.

We assure all existing customers that your delivery obligations will be met in full and are always available for any queries about existing products.

If you would like to register an interest for a project in 2022, please just send us an email or give us a call and we will re-connect at the end of the year by which time Richard will be fully charged and ready to enjoy exciting new projects.

Thank you for your support