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All that’s standing in between you and lazy summer evenings on your deck is a couple rolls of red tape!
While we’d love to advise you to crack on and build the deck of your dreams, we have to advise caution.
For basic decking, you can usually get away without planning permission but the permitted development criteria (basically the stuff you’re allowed to do without planning permission) is super tight.
Planning permission is NOT required for decking as long as it meets the following criteria.
Limbo under those requirements and you avoid the hassle of planning permission and can start building your deck right now.
However, we get that not everyone can build to these requirements.
If you want to build a taller deck or a deck wrapping around the front of your home or a deck in the garden of an old Victorian manse, you’ll have to submit a planning application.
Applying for planning permission is always a bit of a hassle and decking is no different. It’s a fair whack, too, costing about £200.
A standard planning application for a timber deck should contain:
More information on planning applications can be found on ePlanning.scot. We strongly recommend you talk to a specialist (architect, architectural technician, planner, etc) before submitting your application.
Applications can take a long time to work their way through and it’s incredibly annoying to wait all that time just to have it bumped back.
So, that’s that! As long as you stay on the right side of the regulations, your deck will weather nasty neighbours as easily as a Scottish summer storm!
Now you know everything about building a deck to the letter of the law, it’s time to get designing! If you’re ever short on inspiration or need some expert advice, come down to Stewart Timber! We’ve got everything you need to turn a spare bit of garden into your dream deck in no time at all.