“Do I need planning permission to build my treehouse?” is a question we get asked all the time by our customers.

Do I Need Planning Permission for a Treehouse?

The simple answer is, yes. Planning permission is required for any structure covering over half the garden, a structure which is not for domestic use or a structure which is over 3 metres high (from the ground) with a pent roof or 4 metres high (from the ground) with an apex roof.

There is no formula, or one-size-fits-all process to obtain planning permission, every case is different. The UK government states that you’ll probable need planning permission if you want to:

  • build something new
  • make a major change to your building
  • change the use of your building

We would always advise speaking with your local planning authority (LPA) at the earliest possible time, and certainly before you begin to design and build your treehouse.

It is possible to make alterations to your property without planning permission (under national permitted development rights), that said you will definitely need planning permission for the development of a treehouse.

If you moved ahead with your project and completed the works without obtaining planning permission, while legally needing it, you could be served an ‘enforcement notice’ ordering you to undo all the changes you have made, effectively dismantling the treehouse or pod created.

Tips for Getting Planning Permission

Whether you successfully acquire planning permission or not will in part depend on the quality of your application.

The most important part of the planning approval process is the structure’s design. A strong design can significantly boost your chances of getting the permission you want so make sure the design of your treehouse is scaled accurately and showcases how it will protect or enhance the character of the surrounding environment.

For help on optimising your designs for a successful application, please don’t hesitate to contact TRE3DOM today. We specialise in designing and building luxury eco treehouses and would be more than happy to help! Our architectural team have worked with planning departments across the south west of the UK and advise in all aspects of the planning procedure, working in tandem with a range of external experts.

In order to create a good design you’ll also need to understand the planning policies that directly affect your project. Be sure to research your local planning authorities’ policies and clarify which ones are likely to influence the outcome of your application so that they can be addressed.

Luxury Treehouses for Sale

Here at TRE3DOM, we’re passionate about designing and building beautiful and modern treehouses. Using only the highest quality materials, creative design and cutting-edge methods, all of our houses have a life cycle of over 50 years and provide stunning spaces for outdoor living, working and playing.

Based in Somerset, our current range consists of two very distinct designs, but we can also design and build bespoke treehouses tailored to your specific requests and requirements.

Please get in touch with our team today to discuss your project and to find out more about the luxury treehouses we can provide you with.

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