Paving Front Gardens
Specific rules apply for householders wanting to pave over their front gardens.
You do not need planning permission if you use 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. This applies to new and replacement driveways
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 allow the water to run to a permeable area.
For further information go to the Planning Portal or see the Paving Front Gardens download .