A Simple Guide to Garden Shed Building Regulations

If you’re planning on building a garden shed, there are some regulations that you need to follow. Some of these are building regulations. It’s important to understand and follow these regulations, otherwise you may get into trouble and have to pull your shed down.

To help you out with your project, we’ve come up with a simple guide to garden shed building regulations.

What are building regulations?

Building regulations are a set of rules that apply to most structures. The government sets them and local authorities enforce them. This is to make sure that all UK buildings are safe and accessible.

You need to pay attention to building regulations whenever you build any kind of structure. But there are some types of building that you have to get building regulations approval for before you go ahead and do the work.

Do I need to get building regulations approval before I build a garden shed?

Whether you need to get garden shed building regulations approval or not depends on the kind of structure it is. You don’t need to get building regulations approval if the shed:

  • Takes up less than 15 square metres and
  • Doesn’t have any sleeping accommodation

You also won’t usually need to get building regulations approval if the shed:

  • Covers between 15 and 30 square metres;
  • Doesn’t have any sleeping accommodation and
  • Is either at least 1 metre from a boundary or is made of mostly non-combustible materials

If the shed you’re planning to build won’t meet any of these conditions then you’ll need to apply for building regulations approval.

How do I make sure that I comply with garden shed building regulations?

There are two main ways you can make sure that you comply with garden shed building regulations:

1. Hire a ‘competent person’

If you hire a professional registered  with Quotatis to do your project, always asked to make sure that it’s in line with building regulations. This includes getting building regulations approval from your local authority if necessary.

2. Use a public or private Building Control Body (BCB)

If you get in touch with a BCB, they will check building regulations for you and apply for approval for your project if necessary.

It’s worth making absolutely sure that you’re following all relevant garden shed building regulations before you complete your shed project. You can find up-to-date versions of building regulations here. If you need further advice, you can get in touch with your local authority through your local council’s website.