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Climbing Frame Planning Permission

We don't want you to get in trouble with the law or anyone else for that matter, so we have set out our recommendations to help you prevent this from happening...

Climbing Frame Planning Permissiont

What do the Rules Apply To?

Rules apply to outbuildings such as sheds, greenhouses, garages and other temporary structures such as climbing frames, sauna buildings, kennels etc. etc.

What Are the Rules?

    • The structure/s are to be single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for any other roof.

    • Or Maximum overall height of 2.5 metres in the case of a building, enclosure or container within two metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse.

    • No more than half the area of land around the "original house"* would be covered by additions or other buildings.

    • No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.

    • In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers and pools more than 20 metres from house to be limited to 10 square metres.

    • Within the grounds immediately surrounding a listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.

    • In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites buildings, enclosures, containers and pools at the side of properties will require planning permission.

Climbing Frame Height Restrictions

The specified height restriction within the United Kingdom is 13 feet / 4 metres. If you would like to customise your climbing frame so that it exceeds this limit you will need to get in contact with your local council.

Conservation Areas

Over the years of selling outdoor climbing frames we only experienced one such problem with constructing a climbing frame. The problem arose due to the location of the property being within a Conservation Area.

Rules Regarding Conservation Areas:

If you are living within a conservation area it would be advisable to contact the Local Authorities looking after the area. The time taken for the decision to construct your climbing frame may vary between the various Conservation Authorities.

A further point to consider, if you are in the conservation area is cutting down trees to make space for the climbing frame, make sure that you put in a request here as well to cut down the trees.

Climbing Frame Plans

Any Other Advice?

Check and double check with your local council or planning office - just so you are 100% certain you are doing the right thing. Our little disclaimer at the bottom says that we cannot be held responsible if you get into trouble, so please be careful!

We would suggest speaking to your neighbours even if the Climbing Frame you are about to put up complies with regulations - you don't want grumpy neighbours on your hands!

Alternatively visit the planning portal for more information: Click here to visit the Planning Portal.


Big Game Hunters does not want you to have any problems when buying and assembling your climbing frame at home. This is why we have given you some tips and advice on making sure everything is above board. We try to make sure all of the information is correct but we are only human so cannot be held responsible if things do not go according to plan, or the information is not quite up to date.

We will endeavour to keep all advice and information relevant, current and accurate where we possibly can.