At Dalton Roofing, we get asked to build and repair all sorts of properties for our customers. And one thing we do get asked quite a lot about is outbuilding construction. Outbuildings can be anything from sheds and greenhouses to garages or garden buildings such as kennels.
How to Construct An Outbuilding
In terms of how we build our outbuildings, they are usually constructed with a concrete base, a timber frame, and box-profile sheeting. They can be free-standing, lean-to, or extensions to other buildings. Although we can be flexible with how we build them, we do specialise in industrial outbuildings, such as garages and storage.
Check out the video below as Phil takes you on a tour of the outbuilding we constructed for a customer in Sheffield. This relatively large outbuilding was designed so the property owner could store vehicles and motor equipment safely in a dry space.
Outbuilding Planning Permission
In many cases, you do not need planning permission for an outbuilding. This is because outbuildings are considered to be permitted development. Although they are still subject to a few limitations.
For instance, In the Peak District, outbuildings can’t be more than 10 square meters if they’re more than 20 metres from the house. And in both rural and urban areas, your outbuilding must occupy less than 50% of the total property of your area.
Here’s some advice about planning permission for outbuilding construction:
- No outbuilding can be constructed on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
- Outbuildings and garages must be single-storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres.
- An overall maximum height of 4m with a dual-pitched roof or 3m for any other roof type.
- Max height of 2.5m for new buildings within 2m of a boundary of the curtilage of the house.
- No construction of verandas, balconies or raised platforms exceeding 0.3 metres in height.
- No more than half the area of land around the original house can be covered by new buildings.
- Must not be living accommodation nor have a microwave antenna.
For more information, contact Dalton Roofing and we’ll let you know if planning permission will be needed. As we say, it usually isn’t needed. But if it is, then we can help with that process too.
Constructing Near a Party Wall or Boundary Wall
It’s important to know the limitations of construction near party or boundary walls. And, you should also know the difference between the two walls.
A party wall is within a building and joins two properties to form a boundary. This is the case of a terraced house, for instance. Whereas a boundary wall separates two parcels of land that are owned by different proprietors. For example, a garden fence.
If you are planning to add an outbuilding that is close to a party wall, then you should inform your neighbours under the following circumstances:
- Building on or at the boundary of the properties.
- Carry out work on an existing party wall
- Dig below and near the foundations of the properties
For instance, if you’re building a shed onto your original house, you should tell your neighbours. Although, it’s important to remember that you’re not asking for permission to build. As long as the work being carried out is legal and above board, your neighbours aren’t in a position to stop you from building.
If you’re looking to have an outbuilding constructed on your property, you can get in touch with Dalton Roofing. We can head out to inspect your property and provide solid advice to make sure your new building is above board and built within local regulations.
CUSTOM OUTBUILDING CONSTRUCTION
AREAS COVERED IN SHEFFIELD INCLUDE
CROSSPOOL | RANMOOR | LODGE MOOR | FULWOOD
BURNGREAVE & FIR VALE
CHAPELTOWN, ECCLESFIELD & HIGH GREEN
CROOKES | HILLSBOROUGH | WALKLEY
DARNALL, WINCOBANK & TINSLEY
DEEPCAR & STOCKSBRIDGE | DORE & TOTLEY
GLEADLESS & HEELEY
HANDSWORTH | WOODHOUSE
MOSBOROUGH | KILLAMARSH | BEIGHTON
NETHER EDGE | NORTON LEES
OUGHTIBRIDGE, WORRALL & GRENOSIDE | PARSON CROSS