Tarmac Driveways Planning Permission required?

April 29th, 2013

Tarmac Driveways Planning Permission required?

We recently received an email asking about  tarmac  for a rear garden after renovating their house and they were confused about the planning permission and suds compliance.

Yes it is very confusing.  Have a look here on our website  https://www.drive-cote.co.uk/2013/03/concrete-driveways-do-they-contribute-to-flooding/ even though it refers to concrete the information is really the same.

tarmac driveways planning permission required

If you also click on the link on the page it will take you to the planning portal with quite a lot info. An extract of which is as follows –

“Elsewhere around your house there are no restrictions on the area of land which you can cover with hard surfaces at, or near, ground level. However, significant works of embanking or terracing to support a hard surface might need a planning application. If you live in a listed building, you will need listed building consent for any significant works whether internal or external”

The suds compliance and drainage means that you should ensure that the surface water from your hard landscaped area does not add to the mains drains or discharge to the pavement and public highway.

“You will not need planning permission if a new or replacement driveway of any size uses permeable (or porous) surfacing which allows water to drain through, such as gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt, or if the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally

If the surface to be covered is more than five square metres planning permission will be needed for laying traditional, impermeable driveways that do not provide for the water to run to a permeable area. If you are resurfacing then you are not laying fresh and therefore that does not need any permissions. The only time you need permission for any additional area is if it is a front garden and if the rainwater is going to be directed or allowed to go in to the mains drains.

There are lots of alternatives out there. You can have gravel cut outs and direct the water to your garden,  You can install aco decoratve drainagedrains if you want. Really you just have to look at where the rainwater goes now and don’t change it.  New areas just -make sure it goes to your garden and then you are covered.  Have you considered decorative drainage?  The standard run of the mill options are outdated see here for  few ideas

Resin Bonded Aggregate and Resin Bound Aggregate options (which are anti slip)  can work with any existing surface and should you want to extend,  then these no mess no disruption options can incorporate both old and new.  Surfaces can either be  tarmac, block paving, concrete. imprinted concrete and in some cases paving slabs.


We offer free no obligation quotes call us now Simon or Faith 01623 623986. Whether it is a driveway path or patio we can help with a weed free option. Based in Mansfield we are in easy access of the M1.  Nottingham, Derby, Ilkeston, Ripley,  Heanor, Bolsover, Lincilnshire, Kirkby in Ashfield.

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