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Garden Paving Regulations for the Front Garden

Garden Paving

Paving your front garden

Since 2008, garden paving in front of your house has been classed as a permitted development. If you want to pave your front garden, you do not need to seek planning permission to do so, providing you use a permeable surface that allows water to reach the ground or drain naturally, and so long as your property is not listed.

Permeable materials

There are many different types of permeable material that can be used in the construction of front garden paving. These include:

Loose gravel
Porous asphalt
Porous concrete
Porous concrete blocks
Porous stone flags

Whatever the permeable material used in the construction of paving, it should allow water to drain naturally. These types of material are deemed safer for use and they are often more cost effective than non-permeable options.

Non-permeable surfaces

If you plan to use a material for your paving that is non-permeable, you may need to apply for planning permission. The reason that permeable materials are recommended is because they control the run off of water and represent no hazard to any road users – this is particularly important for houses located next to a highway or footpath.

It is likely that you will need to apply for planning permission if your non-permeable paving will cover an area greater than 5 metres squared. If in doubt, consult with your Local Planning Authority.

Front garden paving building regulations

There are no building regulations with regard to front garden paving. However, if your paving requires further structural support which will be achieved through embanking or terracing, you may need to apply for planning permission for this. We recommend you consult with your Local Planning Authority in this event.

Listed building front garden paving

You will not be able to pave the front of your listed home without listed building consent. This would be classed as altering the outer appearance of the property.
Remember it is a criminal offence to alter the character or appearance of a listed property where listed building consent is needed.

For more information on paving your front garden and planning permission, please visit The Planning Portal.

The information contained within this article is strictly for guidance only.  Cost2Build recommends that you always check current sources of information in case regulations have changed. Cost2Build cannot accept any liability for miscommunication of the law in the case of a change in regulation or any action done to a property based on the information held in this article.

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