Generally planning permission is
not required for containers but you must make sure with your local authority
before proceeding or placing an order.
Recent experience has been that
local councils are not really interested in the container itself but rather more
in the fee that can be generated from the sometimes unnecessary
It is important to be aware that
there are many instances where planning is not needed and our advice
could save you quite a tidy sum. We are not planning experts, but we can give
you help and guidance based on years of experience For instance did you know
that containers usually don't need planning permission - because they are
classed as temporary structures as they have no concrete floor or footings?
Neither Planning Permission or Building Regulation
approval is required provided that: Outbuildings do not cover more than
half of the area of the garden; not including the area occupied by the house. It
is not more than 3m high for a flat roof, or 4m with a ridged roof. No part
projects beyond any wall of the house that faces a road. The outbuilding is for
use only by those who occupy the house.
A garage is considered to be an extension if it
is located within 5m of the original building, so the same rules for planning
permission apply. Where it is positioned more than 5m from the existing house, a
garage is considered to be as a shed . If a garage adjoins the house,
Building Regulations approval is required. A detached garage is exempt from
Building Regulations provided: The floor area is less than 30 sq metres. It is
more than 1m from a boundary, or it is a single storey and constructed of wholly
non-combustible material. It contains no sleeping accommodation.
Factory or warehouse extensions:
You do not normally need planning permission if your extension is:
less than 1000 square metres of floor space; and less than 25 per cent
of the volume of the original building; and below the height of the
original building. The extension must be related to the current use of
the building or the provision of staff facilities. You do need
planning permission if the extension: materially affects the external
appearance of the building; or comes within five metres of the
boundary of the site; or reduces the amount of space available for
parking or turning of vehicles.
Volume is calculated from
external measurements. 'Original' means as first built, or as the
building stood on 1 July 1948, if built before then. The allowance is
once and for all; any previous enlargement of the building counts
against these freedoms.
Temporary uses of land or structures:
The positioning of temporary buildings, structures, plant or machinery does not
normally require permission, provided such buildings are required in connection
with works or operations being undertaken on the land. The external storage of
goods, materials, equipment or the parking of vehicles within the curtilage of
an industrial building does not normally require permission. Fencing, walls,
gates or other means of enclosure up to a height of 2 metres will not require
planning permission except within the curtilage of a listed building or where
such means of enclosure would be adjacent to a highway.