Planning Permission for Shipping Containers

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Planning Permission for Shipping Containers

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This is a question that many people ask, and the answer is not a simple yes or no. Whilst what we supply is generally thought of a temporary structure there are a few instances where planning permission will come into play regarding a shipping container or cabin placement. Whether you are required to apply for permission will depend a few factors and the most common are outlined below.

How long do you intend to keep the container?

Temporary use – under 28 days – for a short-term storage solution or as a temporary office space while building or having work done on your premises will seldom require planning permission.

If you will be using the container or cabin for a longer period, you may need to obtain permission from your local planning authority. This is more likely if the container will be visible from a public highway or if it will be used for a purpose that is not considered in keeping to the main use of the land.

What is the size of the container or cabin?

The size of the unit can mean that a different view is taken on whether you need planning permission.

For a smaller container, up to 20ft, this may be considered temporary and not require planning permission. Larger units however, especially over 30sq m, may be considered as a workshop or building, depending on their use, and as such are more likely to require planning permission.

What will the container be used for?

This could be anything from general household storage to a temporary office space or workshop. The type of use may need a consultation for permission as the local authority may wish to discuss the business activities on the site.

What is the specific location for the container?

Authorities may be more likely to want to discuss the permission of units placed on a boundary, especially to a public highway or thoroughfare.

If you are in a conservation area, a national park, or an area of outstanding natural beauty, you may be subject to additional planning regulations such as colour and location to allow permission.

Whilst in many cases no permission will be required, we would recommend that if you have any concern or query, it is always best to check with your local planning authority before placing any unit on your site.

Talk to South Coast Containers today about your specific container requirements and we will do our utmost to accommodate your request, and remember – we will not be beaten on price and offer a fast, convenient delivery.  

Call free TODAY on 0800 988 5707 for more information, quoting SCC24 for special offers.

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