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Temporary Buildings Planning Permission Guide

19 Dec 2022

If you need help figuring out where to start regarding Planning Permission and Temporary Buildings, this is the guide for you.

Planning permission has always made builders (and everyone else) nervous. However, now that temporary buildings are being introduced into construction, people are questioning if they really need planning permission. At PF Modular, we want to give our clients the knowledge they need to make the best decisions for their projects.

Temporary Buildings Planning Permission

Temporary Buildings Planning Permission Advice

Do portable buildings need planning permission?

Portable buildings need to be planned for and consider all the issues that any other construction needs to address. However, they also have specific requirements, so a certain amount of planning will be required. This can help you see what is sensible – and what isn’t. Some of the specifications which would enable you not to need planning permission are:

  • If you’re planning to extend an existing building with a new extension, this may get you around some of the red tape.
  • If the portable building is shorter than the existing one
  • If the portable building is directly related to the purpose of the original building
  • The portable buildings are less than 25% of the original in volume.
  • However, it is more likely that you will need planning permission for your portable building. These specifications are subject to approval:
  • How do the materials affect the external appearance of the building
  • The portable building exceeds 25% of the total area or 25% more than the original building.
  • The portable building is close to 5m to the site boundary.
  • If the land is significantly reduced due to the portable structure, reducing the availability for parking and vehicle manoeuvring.

Building your new site should be a manageable task. Most companies offer a complete service, so you don’t need to worry about finding the proper building regulations. You can get help applying for planning permission too. Another benefit of hiring the right people is that they can ensure no legal repercussions with the local authorities. You will need to agree on a contract before they can approve your proposal. Remember that planning permission can take time and often results in delays. The average amount of time it takes is between eight to twelve weeks.

Many organizations don’t consider planning in advance because they might be eligible for retrospective planning permission. When there is an emergency or urgent need, it will generally be approved by the local authorities without any problems. When applying for a residential building permit, you must prove that your building has an emergency or urgent need. Starting from scratch will take a lot of time, effort and investment. If you’re not approved for a refund, there’s a chance you’ll lose what you put in before.

If you wish to go ahead and make a planning application yourself, you will need to supply the following documents:

  • Five copies of your application forms
  • Location Plan, Site Plan, Block Pan
  • Signed Ownership Certificates
  • Agriculture Holdings Certificate
  • Design and Access Statement
  • The correct application fee

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What is a temporary structure in planning terms?

A portable building is a temporary structure usually lasting for a few years. It can be a good option if you want to expand quickly or need extra efficiency while moving into or out of your building. Temporary structures are not designed for long-term use and are likely to serve a short-term purpose, such as toilets at an event. Use these only when you need to!

If you are looking for the perfect building solution for your next project, check out PF Modular’s range of portable cabins.

It’s daunting to those who aren’t used to the construction industry. Planning permission can have many implications and pitfalls if not done correctly. However, we know how important it is to keep a project on track, so take note when looking for a building supplier that can offer excellent service and support. Using our writing service will massively relieve the stress of completing a project on time, but even more importantly, ensure it is to a high standard and follows all regulations.

Planning permission for portable buildings can be daunting. That’s why we have prepared this guide to help point you in the proper direction. We hope that by reading it, you now feel more confident about entering the approval process for your new portable building. Please get in touch with us today if you’re interested in receiving planning permission to construct a portacabin. Our experts will happily walk you through the process and have it done in no time.

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