Can I Put a Yurt in My Yard?

yurt in yard

Smaller yurts are fine in your yard

If you are a homeowner and yurt owner, it may be tempting to bring the two together and enjoy a bit of backyard camping yurt style.

Still, you don’t want to get a knock on the door from annoyed neighbors or neighborhood administrators saying you have to take your yurt down.

Thankfully, this should not be a problem.

Most areas in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland treat having a yurt in your backyard the same as they might a tent – fair game. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is the size.

As long as your yurt isn’t so big as to spill into your neighbors’ yards, you should be fine.

Do Yurts need planning permission?

From their earliest inception on the plains of modern Mongolia, one of the biggest appeals of owning a yurt is the sense of freedom that they can provide.

But does that freedom hold up in a modern context?

Do you need planning permission to put a yurt in your backyard?

The short answer: no.

The long answer: as long as they’re not obtrusive. The US, UK, and Irish renters tend to treat yurts the same as tents so long as they’re not too large.

For example, in Ireland, to avoid it being classified as a Class 3 structure, your yurt must be less than 25sq m.