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01 June 2023

Can I place a garden studio in my garden ? What rules apply ?

In many cases, people dream of building a garden shed but are unclear about the planning regulations that need to be complied with. There are a number of obligations that fall under regional jurisdiction.

In all cases, we recommend that you call your local authority before embarking on a garden extension project, as local planning regulations may be more restrictive than regional regulations (especially in urban areas or those with protected heritage).

The shelter must always be located in a courtyard or garden area, at the back of the house, not visible from the street.

Here is an overview of the regulations in force in the three Belgian regions: Flanders, Wallonia and the Brussels-Capital Region.

Make your dream come true in Flanders

If you live in Flanders, we’ve got some great news for you! You don’t need planning permission to install a Woodcab garden studio if the structure does not exceed 40 square metres and is set up at least 3 metres from the side boundary of the plot. Flemish regulations specify that you are entitled to have several garden annexes (including sheds and greenhouses) provided that the sum of their surface areas does not exceed 40m2. In some communes, you will be asked to make an online notification specifying the nature of your request, for which you will receive a notice within 30 days.

Take advantage of extra space in Wallonia

In Wallonia, the CODT (Territorial Development Code) has been relaxed in recent years. You won’t need planning permission for a garden studio measuring less than 20 square metres, as long as it’s set back at least 1 metre from any adjoining boundary and the height of the cornice is less than 2.5 metres. Another step towards your own peaceful oasis.

Your urban refuge in the Brussels-Capital Region

Even in the Brussels-Capital Region, no planning permission is required for a garden studio measuring less than 9 square metres. The regulations require you to maintain a certain distance from the boundary of your property. This distance can be reduced with your neighbour’s consent or subject to certain conditions. This way, your quiet space doesn’t disrupt the harmony of your neighbourhood.

“Does appearance and design matter?”

For all 3 regions, the materials used for the facades must be similar to those used for the house or be made of wood.

At Woodcab, we offer buildings that have been designed to comply with regulations, with surfaces to suit all requirements, as well as suitable heights and materials. We strive to make your garden studio installation experience as simple as possible. We’re here to guide you every step of the way, and to help you understand regional and local specificities.