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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