Building without planning permission

You don’t always need planning permission to build small structures or a home office on your own land. A lot of people dream of escaping the rat race and working from home. However, if you are already pushed for space inside your house, it may be difficult to create a suitable working environment.

There is always the option of building a new structure in your garden, but most people are put off by the thought of having to go through the rigorous process of acquiring planning permission. Fortunately, you don’t always need planning permission to build small structures on your own land.

Generally speaking, garden buildings of less than 30sqM can be exempt from building regulations. As such, planning permission is often not required when you want to install one of our garden studios. However, planning permission guidelines can vary from area to area, so it is worth checking with us or your local council first before you make any decisions. All our Pod Space buildings are built to the very highest standards possible, so you can be sure of working in a quality office when you buy one of our buildings. Here are some of the most popular garden pods from our range.

Distant garden view of a Pod


When you want small garden office buildings which probably don’t need planning permission, you should check out our Micropod range. The Micropod measures in at 2.5 x 2.0m, whereas the Micropod Max is 3.2 x 2.5m. Ideal solutions for people who want to work from home, the compact nature of these pods mean that they can comfortably fit into most gardens. Engineered timber floor comes complete with eco friendly low energy Scandinavian under floor heating. Fitted shelves can be built into the pods to ensure that you have plenty of space to store your books and documents. The large glass windows are perfect for attracting natural sunlight. Despite their small sizes, Micropods are designed to maximise space and resources.


Measuring 4.1 x 3.65m, our Minipod can be used for a wide variety of purposes. If you need an office or treatment room for a beauty and therapy business, the Minipod will more than meet your requirements. Decked out with premium grade quality Western Red Cedar Decking and an external cedar sunshade/privacy screen, the Minipod is also great for being a children’s play room, or a delightful summer house. What is more, the Minipod is bound to be kept wonderfully warm during the cold winter months as energy efficient under floor heating can be added to all our pods.

For those of you who want a slightly fancier pod, you can upgrade any of our pods with a number of different options. Extend the decking or add extra windows for additional natural light. Get fantastic custom designed fitted desks, upgrade the lights, add a shower room, or even a mini kitchen. Our expert designers will work with you to create a pod which will meet all of your business and family needs. Enjoy working from home in your very own garden office retreat.

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