Planning Permission for Your Climbing Frame

by | Mar 11, 2019

If your dwelling is listed or in a Conservation Area there maybe local planning differences. A quick phone call to the local planning department should clarify the situation and give peace of mind.

Do have any questions such as:

Does my climbing frame need planning permission?

Is planning permission needed for my climbing frame?

Is my climbing frame a temporary structure?

Advice needed on planning permission for climbing frame or playset? 

lf you want more information then contact your local council or alternatively take a look on the planning portal below

  • The structure can be up to 4 metres high to the top of a ridged roof if it is to be more than 2 metres from a boundary. If it has a flat roof the maximum height should be 3 metres.
  • The structure must be less than 2.5 metres high if within 2 metres from the boundary
  • The playhouse must not be sited between the dwelling and the main highway.
  • The playhouse should not have a floor area in excess of 30 square metres.
  • If the playhouse has a floor area of more than 20 square metres, it should be at least 1 metre from the boundary.
  • Platforms above 30cm need planning permission.

We would advise you find out what your local authority views are on these guidelines within the context of children’s play equipment, as views differ within different planning departments: (At present technically you need planning permission for a standalone children’s slide!)  In our experience as long as the proposal is sensible and not adversely affecting neighbours; planning permission will either not be needed or is granted after going through the correct process.