Do You Need Planning Permission to Build a Garden Shed in Ireland?

In Ireland, whether you need planning permission to build a garden shed depends on several factors. Generally, planning permission is not required if the shed meets certain conditions. Here are the key points to consider:

  1. Size and Area:
    • The floor area of the shed must not exceed 25 square meters.
    • The total area of all structures (sheds, garages, greenhouses, etc.) built on the property must not exceed 25 square meters.
    • The garden shed must be for domestic use only and not for any commercial purpose.
  2. Height:
    • The shed must not exceed 4 meters in height if it has a pitched roof.
    • For any other type of roof, the shed must not exceed 3 meters in height.
  3. Location:
    • The shed must not reduce the amount of private open space to less than 25 square meters.
    • The shed must be located behind the front building line of the house (i.e., it should be in the rear garden or side garden).
    • It must not be located within the front garden.
  4. Usage:
    • The shed should be used for a purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the house, which generally includes storage or a workspace.
  5. Proximity to Boundaries:
    • The shed must not be placed within a certain distance from the property boundary. This distance varies depending on the local regulations but is generally around 1-2 meters.

If your garden shed complies with these conditions, you typically do not need to apply for planning permission. However, if it does not comply, you will need to apply for planning permission from your local planning authority.

It’s always a good idea to check with a planning consultant before building a garden to ensure you comply with all relevant regulations and avoid any potential issues.

To check if your project requires planning permission or if it is planning exempt, send us an Enquiry.

Alternatively, visit Citizens Information website to learn more about general planning regulations.

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