How to Plan a Garage
A garage can be ideal for extra space or for storing a second car at home. Whatever you want to use your garage for, you need to make sure that it’s built in the correct way, complying with any local building regulations. This is why we have created a series of lenses, to show you all of the stages involved with building a new garage. You can use these lenses as a guide for when it comes to getting your own garage built. With this in mind, we’ll begin with the initial stage – exploring the plans and blueprints.
Plan. This stage is very important. It’s no good thinking that a garage can be erected there and then, either by yourself or a builder, you need to think about a few factors first. First of all, where do you want your garage to be built? You have a number of options here; you could build the garage on the side of your house, with a design that complements the décor of your home, or you can build it in a separate location, as a freestanding structure. Have a think about where you would like your garage to go. This decision will obviously be based on your own preferences and requirements. Please bear in mind that, depending on your local authority, the location of your garage may or may not need planning permission, something outlined later on. In addition, remember that if your garage is located further away from your home, then during poor weather conditions, you may encounter some issues. In this instance, you may want your garage closer to your home, if you have room of course.
Get planning permission. As mentioned, depending on where your garage is erected, as well as the size of the building, you may need planning permission. Before any work is carried out you should always contact your local authority planning department to discuss building your new garage. You can normally find this information on your local council website and they should have the name and number of the people you will need to speak to. For example, in terms of your garage’s location, if it is within 5 meters (16.4 ft) of your home, it may be considered as an extension, in which case you will need planning permission. In addition, you will be required to gain planning permission if the building is more than 3 meters (9.8 ft) high. You will also need planning permission if the garage will cover more than half of the area of your garden. In order to check, even if the building is going to be more of a temporary structure, it’s advised to contact your local council to discuss the requirements.
Spend off the planning application. If you are required to send off your planning application, you will need to obtain the basic drawings and specifications of your proposed structure from your garage supplier. Please bear in mind that your local authority may charge an administrative cost to process the application, but please check with them first. Make sure you have submitted the drawings and that all of the details you provide are correct on your application.
Get Approval. Once you have sent your application off to the council you will normally be looking at a 6-8 week turnaround for approval; although this will obviously vary depending on the authority. If you haven’t heard from them after this period then by all means get in touch to see if you can speed up the process. The decision will be made by the council based on the application and also any objections that have come in against the new building. Once the planning application is approved, you will be ok to begin work on the project and you can contact your garage supplier to kick off the building process.