Cottages without
planning permission

Everything you need to know before starting construction

Although houses could be erected without a permit for several years, the discussion on this topic flared up again after the Polish government announced the assumptions of the New Deal program. Which house does not require a building permit, what conditions must be met and is it worth opting for this solution at all?

Types of modular houses without permission

House designs that can be built without a permit are available from MARKOEKO. One of them is the CUBEEKO MINI modular house, with a usable area of 13.9 m2 and a building area of 17.4 m2. It is a one-story building, which can be arranged in several ways despite the seemingly small space. The advantage of this solution is also the modern technology of the walls, thanks to which it will be perfect as a year-round house.

Another offer is the design of the CUBEEKO MEDIUM "L" / "Z" modular house, in which the usable area is 28 m2 and the building area is 34.8 m2. Depending on the concept, this project enables the erection of a one-story or two-story building from two modules connected in the shape of the letter "L" or "Z". The number of possibilities for arranging the house’s interior means it can function as a residential house for 2-3 people. The offer also includes the CUBEEKO MAXI "C" modular house, but due to the built-up area of 52.2 m2, in the light of the current regulations, its construction requires obtaining a permit.

Cottages without a permit - frequently asked questions.

What conditions must be met to erect a modular house without a permit?

Customer needs

A modular house without a permit can be erected when its built-up area is no more than 35 m2. Modular homes without a permit must comply with the local development plan, and their area of impact must be entirely within the plot or plots on which they were designed.

How much does a modular house without a permit cost?

Customer needs

But what is the price of modular houses? At MARKAEKO, they cost from PLN 3900 net per 1 m2. This amount includes the skeleton of the building with the roof, windows and doors, installations implemented at the stage of prefabricated elements production as well as external and internal finishing in accordance with the selected standard. The price does not include the cost of furnishing the house with furniture and appliances.

Is it worth building a modular house without a permit?

Customer needs

Modular homes have several advantages. Shorter build time and lower investment costs, mobility, eco-friendliness, energy efficiency or a high standard and aesthetic finish are the most important aspects for which building a house in modular technology is worth considering.

According to the current regulations, it is possible to build a house without a permit, the built-up area of which is up to 35 m2. When considering such an investment, it is worth taking an interest in buildings erected from prefabricated elements. Modular houses without a permit are built faster and often cheaper, and in terms of aesthetics, they do not differ from their traditional counterparts.

Modular year-round houses to size

Although houses without permits can be built of various materials, the already mentioned modular houses are worth considering. Why? This solution has a number of advantages, including:


  • Although houses without permits can be built of various materials, the already mentioned modular houses are worth considering. Why? This solution has a number of advantages, including:
  • lower investment costs - considering the constantly rising prices of building materials, modular houses without a permit are becoming not only a modern but also a cheaper alternative to traditional buildings;
  • mobility  - modular wooden houses without permission can be dismantled and erected again in a different location, if necessary;
  • eco-friendly - prefabricated elements are made of ecological materials, for example, chamber-dried wood KVH, class C24 CE;
  • energy efficiency - modular houses without a permit are equipped with modern insulation systems as well as window and door joinery, which translates into lower operating costs;
  • high standard and aesthetics of finishing - modular houses without a building permit do not differ in aesthetics from buildings erected using traditional methods. The investor can also choose the finishing standard;
  • smaller area restrictions - houses without a permit in modular technology can be built even on properties with difficult terrain conditions, where it would often be impossible to erect a traditional building.

Modular houses without planning permission

The types of facilities that currently do not require a building permit, only the application, were specified in the c. According to the amendment to the regulations, which entered into force in June 2015, these buildings include, among others:

  • Free-standing single-family residential buildings whose area of influence is entirely within the plot or plots on which they are designed;
  • detached single-storey outbuildings, garages or sheds with a building area of up to 35 m22and the total number of these facilities on the plot may not exceed two for every 500 m22 of the plot area;
  • Free-standing single-storey individual recreation buildings, understood as buildings intended for periodic recreation, with a built-up area of up to 35 m2, while the number of these objects on a plot may not exceed one for each 500 m2 of plot area.

In a simplified way, we can erect bungalow 35 m2 without permission, but it should be remembered that this is the built-up area, not the usable area. These requirements are met, among others, by modular houses offered by the company MARKAEKO, which work well as residential and recreational houses in both the summer and winter seasons. Also very important is the provision that the area of influence of the building must fit entirely within the plot or plots on which they are designed.

In practice, this means that when designing modular houses without a permit, regulations should be borne in mind, such as the distance of the septic tank from the neighboring property or emissions. On the other hand, less formalities are required for recreational houses - they can be built on the basis of a notification, if they are one-story, no more than 35 m2 and are used only seasonally. Cottages without a building permit They must also comply with the LSDP, or local zoning plan. This is an act that applies regardless of whether the house is built by notification or by permit.