Do You Need Planning Approval For a Steel Building?
Do you want to build a steel structure on your property? If so, you might be wondering if you need planning permission for it. Planning permission is a legal requirement that ensures that your steel building project is safe, sustainable and compatible with the surrounding environment. Here, we will explain when you need planning permission for a steel building and how to apply for it.
Planning permission for steel buildings
Some steel building projects do not need planning permission. This is known as ‘permitted development rights’. Building projects that normally have permitted development rights include:
• Industrial premises and warehouses
• Some outdoor signs and advertisements
• Some ancillary garden buildings
• Agricultural steel buildings erected on farms of 5 hectares or more
However, these projects are subject to certain limits and criteria, such as the size, height, location and use of the steel building. For example, outbuildings and garages must be single storey with a maximum height of 2.5 metres (4 metres if it has a pitched roof) and cannot protrude beyond the front-most part of the original steel building.
If your steel building does not fall under these categories or exceeds these limits, you will need to apply for planning permission from your local planning authority (LPA). You can also contact your LPA for advice on whether your project is likely to be approved or not before you submit your formal application.
How to apply for planning permission for a steel building?
To apply for planning permission, you will need to fill in an application form and provide all the following information:
• Site plan showing the location and boundaries of the site
• Block plan showing the proposed layout and dimensions of the steel building
• Design and access statement explaining how the steel building will fit in with the existing environment and how it will be accessed
• Fee depending on the size and type of the project
You can apply online through the Planning Portal website or by post to your LPA. Your application will then be assessed by a planning officer who will consider the impact of the steel building on various factors such as:
• Appearance and character of the area
• Amenity and privacy of neighbours
• Highway safety and traffic flow
• Ecology and biodiversity of the site
• Flood risk and drainage of the site
The planning officer may also consult with other relevant bodies such as the Environment Agency, Historic England or Natural England, Highways. You may also need to obtain other consents such as listed building consent or environmental permits depending on your project.
How to long does it take to get planning permission for a steel building?
The decision process usually takes 8 weeks for minor applications and 13 weeks for major applications. You will be notified of the outcome by letter or email. If your application is approved, you can start your project according to the conditions and time limit specified in the decision notice. If your application is refused, you can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate within 6 months of the decision date.
How we can help get planning permission for your steel building project?
If you are thinking of building a steel structure and want us to handle the planning application process. Here are some benefits of doing so:
• Experience and knowledge of local regulations and requirements for steel buildings and can help you avoid delays or rejections.
• Advise on the best design and materials for your project, taking into account your budget, site conditions and purpose.
• Prepare and submit the necessary documents and drawings for your planning application, saving you time and hassle.
• Liaise with the planning authority and other stakeholders on your behalf, ensuring a smooth and successful outcome.
By hiring someone with experience to carry out a planning application for a steel building, you can save money, time and stress, and get the best results for your project.
Planning permission is an important step in ensuring that your steel building project is legal, safe and suitable for its intended use and location. You should always check with your LPA whether you need planning permission or not before you start your project.
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