can I build a separate dwelling in my garden

Building a separate dwelling in your garden which is known as an annexe or granny flat has become a popular way to maximize the use of gardens. One of the main barriers to living in many parts of the country is the high cost of housing, and living in one’s own house is often the best solution for people who want to live independently.

can I build a separate dwelling in my garden?

Yes, you can build a separate dwelling in your garden. It is called a “shed” and is usually made out of wood.

If you want to build a separate dwelling in your garden you will need to apply for planning permission. There is some information that we can give you in advance of your application.
You will need to apply for planning permission if your property is a house in multiple occupation or it is a separate building used for any other purpose e.g. a studio, workshop or storage space.
There are rules that govern the number of people who can live in a house in multiple occupation.

Whether you are considering an extension or already in the building process, finding the right builder and understanding the finer details of regulation will help you make a decision that will last for many years to come. Having a plan that leaves your options open is always preferable to needing to undertake unwanted and costly alterations.