Do I Need Planning Permission For Hardstanding?

Looking to build more hardstanding on your smallholding land? Get advice on planning permission for hardstanding.

Planning permission for hardstanding might be topical currently as you plan to improve your smallholding.

For one reason or another, building hardstanding on your land might be the answer to an immediate problem…

for car parking

for motor home parking

for static caravan

for shed

for farrier

for camping

Whatever the cause, hardstanding is an improvement which requires amending the grounds of your smallholding.

You might therefore be thinking about the implications of planning permission.

What are the rules and regulations around hardstanding planning permission?

Hardstanding for any house, including a smallholding, in the UK is currently treated as paving a front garden.

The conditions surrounding hardstanding planning permission in UK are as follows (taken from Planning Portal):

“You will not need planning permission if a new or replacement driveway of any size uses permeable (or porous) surfacing which allows water to drain through, such as gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt, or if the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally.

If the surface to be covered is more than five square metres planning permission will be needed for laying traditional, impermeable driveways that do not provide for the water to run to a permeable area.”

…excerpt taken from UK Planning Portal website

It seems the key here is to ensure the hardstanding is made using permeable surfacing material (as described above).


Otherwise, you’ll have to ensure the construction of your otherwise, impermeable surface hardstanding affords a run off for water to drain away at the borders.


How should you tackle the build once you’re sure about planning permission for hardstanding?

There are essentially two ways to complete your hardstanding installation project, once planning permission is no longer a problem…


Step-by-step hardstanding installation process

Not sure about installing your own hardstanding?

Contact a professional (…we can’t personally recommend a reliable contractor – yet – but feel free to Google it, do your research, make some calls, ask some questions and make a decision.)

Do you have experience of planning permission for hardstanding application to share with us?

Are you a contractor who is familiar with planning permission for hardstanding and have advice to offer?

Are you still unsure and need to ask a few questions?

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