Do Steel Buildings Need Planning Permission ?

Do Steel Buildings Need Planning Permission is one of the most common questions we are asked at Hamilton Steel Buildings.

It’s always good to take advice from your local planning authority

Give your local authority a call to arrange an informal discussion about your intended project and what you are looking to do. I have always found that you are given a good indication on the likelihood of permission being granted doing this. You may also receive advice on particular considerations in relation to the sites location, for example tree preservation orders, fire boundary wall conditions Click here, flooding, etc.

The local planning departments will normally allow you to make a Pre-application for permission. This procedure usually takes around 2-3 weeks to find out if your planning application is likely to be approved. The planning department will also advise you of any potential problems which will give you the opportunity to discuss and address them before you proceed with your formal application.

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.

Permitted Development Rights

In most cases steel buildings will need planning permission however, on occasions some projects will fall under what is known as “Permitted development rights” where planning permission is not required. This only covers industrial buildings or warehouses not car showrooms, shops, gyms or retail which always require planning permission.

General Planning Rules

Planning permission will be required for any new commercial buildings which is over 4 metres in height. The average time for planning permission procedure is between 6 – 8 weeks however we have found that all local authorities timescales are different, and some authorities can take considerably longer than this.

Temporary Steel Buildings

This is somewhat of a grey area but technically planning is required for any buildings used for over 28 days.

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.

New Government legislation was introduced in April 2010 that meant that planning permission for industrial buildings is not required subject to the below limitations and conditions.

If the building is within 10 metres of the area of land surrounding boundaries then it must not be more than 5 metres high. A new building is also not permitted to be taller than 15 metres or the higher than the height of the tallest building within the surrounding area depending on which is lower. The floor space of a new building must not exceed 100 square metres and the land outside must not be more than 200 square metres.

For any alterations to existing buildings then planning permission is not required as long as the building is not going to be made higher than 5 metres tall, subject to being within 10 metres of the area boundary.

These are applicable to the following:

  • Development must be within the existing boundary of the current building and most not come within 5 m of the surrounding area of land
  • Must not be within the boundaries of a listed building
  • Must not reduce car parking or turning space
  • New space must relate to existing use of the building
  • The full regulations for planning permission on Industrial Buildings can be found on the Government’s Planning website. 



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