Hut or shelter are essential for the gardener handyman, but must be carefully implanted in the right place and in compliance with legislation.

Multifunction, garden sheds have become essential, like the famous gardener huts everywhere always in a corner of the garden. But beware, these small buildings can be located anywhere.

The installation of a garden shed is she planning permission?

The regulations regarding the siting of garden houses, sheds, greenhouses, and other small outbuildings should not be underestimated.

# Whether the project should be done on bare land, with no construction, there is an obligation to request a building permit, regardless of the size proposed.

# If the project is on land already supporting a building, a statement of work is necessary if the project a footprint of between 5 and 20 m2. Above 20m2 is a building permit that is required. Since March 1, 2012, Decree No. 2012-274 raises the threshold for exemption of formality of construction: work with an area exceeding 5 square meters are exempt from formality (cons 2 square meters previously). But there are many subtleties that is important not to ignore .


The notion of footprint is important because it includes the eaves, awnings, parts of the shelter that are not covered or that are not surrounded by walls: a roof or part lean on the side of the shelter are necessarily included in the area. In these rules are in addition to compliance with the provisions in force in each urban municipality (location relative to the boundaries separative, track, architectural appearance etc) Thus, the Town Planning Code is very specific about the distances implantation compared to the neighborhood, unless it is a subdivision regulation that will prevail, if any. The best advice in all cases that you make inquiries directly to the mayor with the appropriate planning department.

Where to locate the shelter in the garden, where to build it?

To this question, the answer is: to what purpose is for the garden shed? In all cases, it is easily accessible by a driveway large enough and comfortable, including a wheelbarrow or a motor engine (mower, mini tractor with or without trailer, cultivator). The space around it can tinker and work easily (potting plants, cut stakes, paint or clean the garden). The best place is often at the entrance of the garden, strategically between approval and cultivation areas, or between garden and orchard. At the same time, it is also very easy to access from home, and it includes composting near the corner. When the garden is small, the garden shed can be a simple extension of a garage, for example. By cons, in all cases, the tools and products including shelter must be a closed, inaccessible to children and pets.

Under what environmental conditions establish the hut in the garden?

Whatever the materials chosen, garden shed is a light construction which should not be subjected to too much environmental variation: Inheritance “heat of the day and cold night” or “high humidity and dry period” are much play materials and assemblies to the risk of creating air leaks or water and problems opening a door or window. Similarly, a cabin having its base in moisture and head to the sun will undergo many constraints and increased risk of mold and rot.

If aesthetics are important, and essential functional aspect, clean shelter and durability are also fundamental. Draw shelters gardener in public gardens and parks is a good idea: a court of 15 to 35m2 (or greater), gravel, with the hut on one side, all surrounded by a fence, hedge or pretty close, with a tree providing shade lighter. Such a place can accommodate space compost, a potting bench, the frame of culture, materials and bulky materials, stock pots, stakes, fence, perhaps the mini greenhouse. In short, a very functional place, just out of sight and children and animals, where it is easy to work, storage, safe storage.

Can you locate the shelter on the floor of the garden?

Drain the surface implantation: disbursed over 20cm deep over an area of ​​1m wider than the sides of the shelter; fill-run suitable for drainage. The installation of a geotextile prior specific is useful. Building on concrete pads allows air to circulate under the shelter. 50cm or more recessed into the ground and exceed 15cm, they allow securing the building and its floor a little higher. A small ramp will improve access. The spacing between the pads should be well studied by type of shelter to prevent any distortion of the structure. The elevation of the ground is another interesting idea in slightly moist soil; A slight promontory 15 to 25cm high, tamped and stabilized, protects the free flow of runoff and rainwater.