Want somewhere to stash the lawn mower? Or a place to retreat to with a good book? Sheds are versatile buildings, but there might be some hoops you need to jump through before installing one in your garden.

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The national home of planning and building regulations outlines on their website the factors you have to consider before putting up a potting shed.

Here’s what you need to make sure of:

1. Your outbuilding – whether it’s a shed or greenhouse – must only be used for domestic purposes.

2. The shed cannot – combined with any other buildings within the property’s boundary – cover more ground than half the total area of the property.

3. No part of the building can be in front of “the principal or side elevation of the original house that faces onto a road”.

4. The shed can’t be taller than 4metres.

5. If the shed is within 2m of the property boundary, its max height is limited to 2.5m.

6. The shed can’t be placed within 3.5m of the property’s boundary if there’s a road at the rear of the house.

7. If your house is within a World Heritage Site, area of outstanding natural beauty or National Park, the max total area of ground covered by any outbuildings situated more than 20m from any wall of the house, cannot be more than 10 square metres.

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8. If you live in a conservation area, World Heritage Site, area of outstanding natural beauty or National Park, your shed cannot be placed between the principal or side elevation of the house and its boundary either.

9. You will almost certainly need planning permission if you live in a listed property.

10. And last but not least, you cannot use your shed for housing pigeons.

For full details, and to apply for planning commission and find out specific rules related to your council, visit www.planningportal.co.uk