By far most of the garden offices built each year are 2.5m high. By choosing a garden office that is no taller than 2.5 meters you have the maximum degree of flexibility when it comes to positioning the building in your garden if building under the Permitted Development rules.
The Permitted Development rules are a set of rules set out by the Government which allow us to build a garden office building without the need for a full Planning Permission application. The Permitted Development rules sate where different height garden offices can be positioned in your garden. 2.5-meter high garden office designs offer you the most flexibility in positioning, under the Permitted Development rules. We have a useful visual guide to Garden Office Permitted Development that you may want to check out
Where is the 2.5m measurement taken from when building a garden office?
In an ideal world, every garden office would be built on a perfectly level ground, but that is seldom the case, and most offices are built on a ground that slopes away. This means that while your garden office might be 2.5m high at the front, from ground level to rooftop, at the back of the office, the measurement could be higher than 2.5 meters.
You could be fearful that you are breaking the rules in these instances, but under the Permitted Development rules the 2.5-meter measurement is taken from the highest piece of ground adjacent to the building. So in the case of our diagram below, the office could be 2.5m at the front of the office building, but the ground could fall away to 3m at the rear – the measurement would be taken from the front of the building as that is the highest piece of ground adjacent to the building.
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