Paving and Planning Permissions

There are specific rules and restrictions related to laying a driveway on your property and surfacing a front garden. In some circumstances, permission from planning authorities is required before carrying out any works on your home. These requirements are typically in place to ensure your property is protected from various risks, including flooding.

Paving a driveway

Planning permission is needed when carrying out any works that involve embanking or terracing to support a driveway or other hard surfaces, such as a patio. There are generally no restrictions on laying driveways at or near ground level in other circumstances, unless the work is being carried out on a listed building. Even when there are no planning authority requirements, property owners must ensure that any works do not diminish access to the home.

Paving a front garden

When resurfacing a front garden, planning guidance must be followed in order to help keep your property and neighbours safe. Paved surfaces with poor drainage can cause flooding during heavy rainfall. Paving over a front garden can limit effective drainage. As a result, you are required to seek permission to pave a front garden to ensure flooding risks are minimised.

Planning permission is needed when surfacing an area of over five square metres with traditional, impermeable driveways made from concrete, asphalt and other materials. Impermeable driveways do not allow water to drain or run to a permeable area. Planning authority approval is also needed when laying a new or replacement driveway with permeable or porous materials. Permeable materials, such as loose gravel, or hard permeable and porous surfaces, like permeable concrete blocks and porous asphalt, allow water to drain through naturally. Permission is also required if rainwater is being directed to a lawn or border.


A surfacing expert can help you determine what solution is best for your garden. Surfacing solutions will depend on your own preferences and budgets, as well as the layout of your property. Options include designing a rain garden, where rainwater is collected from impermeable surfaces before it is allowed to flow into drains or slowly soak into the ground. Other surfacing solutions include paved tracks for vehicles that allow water to drain from a driveway or a soakaway where water is piped into a gravel-filled trench or container before it seeps into the ground. 

Hire a professional surfacing company

For expert advice and experience, hire a reputable surfacing company – such as the professionals here at UK Surfacings – to ensure any work carried out on your property meets all legal requirements. We can help make sense of planning guidance and legal regulations, as well as help you seek any planning permission. One of our experts will work closely with you to identify reasonable and affordable solutions for your home. They will also ensure all work carried out is completed with high-quality materials to guarantee a finished which is both aesthetically pleasing and highly durable.

For more information on paving planning permissions, and to discuss your surfacings needs with one of our professionals, give us a call at UK Surfacings today!