Do you need planning permission for a trampoline in a garden?

It’s all very well encouraging parents to think about getting a trampoline for their gardens, and I do it often,  but one friend asked me the other day about whether you need planning permission for these structures in our gardens and so I went on a bit of research mission to find out for you.

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So, do you need planning permission for a trampoline in the UK?

No – you do not need planning permission for siting a trampoline in your garden.  There are some privacy rules that should be born in mind before going out and getting a trampoline though which I’ll discuss in this article.

 

What are the laws you need to be aware of before getting a trampoline

The main thing you need to be aware of before getting a trampoline is privacy.  There is no specific privacy law in the UK at the moment but we are covered under the European laws of human rights.  These human rights entitle us to privacy (source) and that should enable us to be able to have respect for our private and family life.

Now, would having a trampoline contravene this?  (I’m not a lawyer so if you do have issues then I would recommend getting in touch with one or Citizens Advice)

If your trampoline all of a sudden allows for yourself and your children to be able to peer over in to other people’s gardens then there may well be issues with their privacy rights and at the very least you may well develop a bad relationship with your neighbours which we all would love to not have!

 

Before you buy a trampoline – check out our buying tips

 

How to stop your trampoline being a nuisance to neighbours

On my research journey for this post I came across so many stories of people whose lives were made miserable by people buying trampolines for their gardens without thinking of their neighbours.

It really doesn’t have to be this way and here’s some ways that you can stop your new toy being a nuisance to your neighbours.

 

Talk to your neighbours

First of all I really recommend opening some dialogue about your intended purchase.  This is so much better than one day surprising them with noisy kids playing out there.  I think that at our core we all want to do the right thing and that goes for them too – if you talk and be open then the chances of it all being nothing to worry about is much higher.  Perhaps they are thinking of putting up a higher fence anyway and it will all work out ok!

Even if your neighbours are completely happy for you to get one they’ll appreciate that you’ve asked.  I’d also suggest that you ask them to let you know if it does cause them any issues once you go ahead and get one.

It can be a great way to start to get to know your neighbours if you don’t already – invite them round for a bounce on the trampoline!  Or perhaps just a cup of tea and some biscuits!

 

Be mindful of where you position the trampoline

Not all of us have the luxury of lots of options of where to position a trampoline, but if you do, just be mindful of whether this might interfere with the privacy of your neighbours.  Too close to a fence might be just a bit too much.

 

Have rules on noise in the garden

Make sure that your kids are aware that not everyone enjoys the screams of children as they bounce on a trampoline.  Have some rules about noise and make sure that the trampoline isn’t used past 11pm or before 7am.  If you do so you might be causing noise disturbance that can be reported.

It’s a simple one – just be respectful of others

 

Consider planting hedges that could help with maintaining privacy

If you think that having a trampoline is going to be a concern for the privacy of yourself or your neighbours then planting some tall hedges or putting in some higher fences might be worth thinking about.

 

Sometimes neighbours can be annoyed at anything we’re likely to have in our gardens and sometimes we are blessed with great neighbours that wouldn’t even think of complaining and just enjoy hearing kids play.  If we all do the best that we can then we can at least know that we have tried to make the best out of a situation.

 

See some of the bestseller trampolines around at the moment

 

SaleBestseller No. 1
ZERO GRAVITY 6ft / 8ft / 10ft / 12ft / 14ft Ultima 4 High Spec Trampoline with Safety Enclosure Netting and Ladder (6ft)
  • Zero Gravity has been synonymous with high specification, quality trampolines. During this time they have shied away from the cheaper end of the market as it used to be impossible to produce a safe high performance trampoline at such a low price. Technology has changed however and with Zero Gravity's patented weldless frame trampolines they can now offer their trampolines to a wider market without compromising quality and safety. Introducing the Zero Gravity Ultima 4 Trampoline...
  • All Zero Gravity Ultima 4 trampolines feature a state of the art safety enclosure. A netting sited directly on the edge of the jumping surface supported by arced uprights improve safety in the event of a fall, whilst a wired top ring retains the shape and structure of the netting. The enclosure also features a quick release system so that it can be taken down in minutes, this reduces wind hazards and is ideal for preventing unsupervised play.
  • The safety padding's top surface is made from PVC rather than cheaper, inferior PE giving a quality look and feel that unlike PE will not disintegrate under UV light. Safety is of the uttermost importance so inside the padding you'll find 20mm thick EPE foam protecting your child against the steel frame.
  • Even before gaining EN71 certification this trampoline went through extensive testing at the Zero Gravity testing lab. Including 500KG weight testing and cycle testing. Did you know that while a welded trampolines frame will typically crack at 1 million cycles this trampoline has gone through over 2.5 million cycles without cracking.
  • Customer service is key to Zero Gravity Trampolines success. Although we believe the assembly guide supplied with this trampoline is one of the best available, should you have any questions while building your trampoline please feel free to call the Zero Gravity support line and one of their knowledgeable staff will be only to pleased to help.
Bestseller No. 2
Kanga 8ft Premium Trampoline with Safety Enclosure, Net, Ladder and Anchor Kit 2020 Model
  • Latest 2020 Premium Model - Includes FREE anchor kit and ladder!
  • Hours Of Fun, Great Form Of Exercise, Fits Most Gardens, Easy To Assemble with YouTube assembly video & User Instructions
  • Jumping Mat Diameter: 2.02m, Frame Height: 60cm, Enclosure Height: 165cm
  • Weight: 29Kg, Weight: 29Kg, Qty of Springs: 48, Legs: 3
  • Max User Weight: 100kg
SaleBestseller No. 3
PlayActive Trampoline With FREE Safety Net Enclosure, Ladder, Rain Cover, Shoe Bag (10ft)
  • Each trampoline is designed using strong and durable materials to prevent damage caused by the weather and to offer protection against rust. The frame is made from fully galvanised steel and the springs from heat tempered zinc which provide a soft responsive bounce.
  • Safety of the users is always a top priority and so as well as including a FREE safety net enclosure with every trampoline the spring cover and frame is protected with a thick weather resistant foam to provide safe cushioning. Our trampolines also include a FREE ladder attachment, FREE weather proof cover and FREE shoe bag.
  • IMPORTANT SHIPPING INFORMATION: (See images for map)
  • WE DO NOT DELIVER OFFSHORE TO IRELAND OR ANY ISLES AND CANNOT DELIVER TO SOME OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
  • If your postcode is located in the areas below we CANNOT DELIVER: AB30-AB38, AB40-AB56, DD8-DD9, FK17-FK21, IV1-IV28, IV30-IV40, IV52-IV54, IV63, KW1-KW14, PA21-PA40, PH4-PH41, PH49-PH50, PA20-PA40, PA60-PA78, ZE1-ZE3, PO30-PO41, TD ALL POSTCODES, BT ALL POSTCODES, ZE ALL POSTCODES, JE ALL POSTCODES
SaleBestseller No. 4
Charles Bentley Monster Children's 12ft Trampoline with Safety Net Enclosure
  • Features : Safety net, EPE foam padding, Galvanised steel frame
  • Includes : 1x trampoline, 1x safety net, 4x legs, 8x enclosure poles
  • Material : Galvanised steel legs, UV resistant polypropylene fabric, Expanded polythene foam, UV resistant polyester safety net
  • Dimensions : Diameter: 360cm, Total height (including net): 250cm, Trampoline height (ground to top of jumping mat): 80cm
  • Weight : 50kg, Max user weight: 150kg, Colour : Black
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