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Do I need planning permission for my new steel building?

A question customers often ask us here at Miracle Span is “Do I need planning permission for my new steel building?”

Firstly, its a good idea to talk to your local planning department

Arrange an informal discussion with your local authority planning department to discuss your intended project. It’s often possible to get a good indication on the likehood of planning permission being granted as well as advice on particular considerations to be taken into account for the location, for example tree preservation orders, rights of way, flooding, etc. Take plans, drawings and a product brochure with you so the planning officer can comment.

Miracle Span allows you to place an order subject to planning approval. When an order is placed on this basis, full drawings and structural calculations are provided and help and advice is available.

In some cases you will be asked to submit an environmental statement with your application, your planning officer will be able to advise you whether this is necessary.

General Planning Rules

Usually planning permission is required for new commercial buildings over 4 metres in height. Expect to wait about 8-12 weeks for a decision, although some local authorities can take considerably longer.

Temporary Steel Buildings

Rules governing planning permission for temporary buildings are more difficult to summarise, but technically planning permission is required for buildings used for over 28 days. If a temporary building comes within 5 metres of the site boundary or reduces space available for vehicle parking or turning, planning permission must be applied for.

In some cases temporary planning permission may be granted for periods of up to 7 years, so it’s well worth seeking advice from your local planning officer.

More Information

You may make a planning application online yourself – visit the Government’s official planning website at www.planningportal.gov.uk for more information, or contact sales@miraclespan.co.uk on 01507 358 974 to take advantage of our planning service.