Planning Permission Guidance

Planning Permission Guidance for Temporary Buildings

When deciding whether to hire or purchase a temporary building or structure, one of the considerations is planning permission.  That the building may not be permanent does not mean that planning permission won’t be required.  There are cases in the government guidelines that mean planning permission WILL be required:

  • If the temporary building will be in use for longer than 28 days
  • If the temporary structure is closer than 5m from your site boundaries
  • If the floor space is greater than 200m2
  • If the building’s volume is more than 25% of the existing building
  • If the building is more than 25% of the area available on your site
  • If assembled structure reduces the space you have for vehicles parking or manoeuvring
  • If the structure materially affects the external appearance of the building

Some Exceptions

There are certainly some cases where planning permission is not required, for example where a building is in use for less than 28 days and the floor space is less than 200m2.  However, all conditions need to be met, and you may need expert advice on these instances

The majority of cases do need planning permission though, and it can take between 8-12 weeks to get a response.   Fews offer a comprehensive support package for planning permission through our partner, Fisher German.  This aspect is sometimes overlooked and considered only as an afterthought, but it can sometimes be complex and the assistance of experts is invaluable.

Fisher German LLP have grown at an impressive rate since established in 2000, with 600 people across a network of 26 UK offices. Many years of sector specific experience have given them a sound understanding of the planning process.

With our combined experience at your disposal, the process of buying or renting a temporary building should be a straightforward one.  Contact us, and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Here is a step by step guide to help you understand whether planning permission is required for your temporary building.



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Innovation Everywhere

Fews Temporary Buildings brings to market a range of high quality temporary buildings for industrial use whether that be seasonal storage, temporary warehousing & storage, logistic canopies, emergency cover and much more.

Fews has already delivered some outstanding projects for clients including temporary warehouses,  temporary gymnasiums, temporary retail outlets and temporary restaurant facilities in addition to seasonal storage requirements for customers throughout the UK.

Based in Worcestershire they are perfectly positioned to service businesses across the UK and offer a personal service, free site visits and fast response times. Book an appointment to visit their premises and see examples of the high quality temporary buildings erected and in use as warehousing for their business.

Why Fews?


We offer an exceptional service and will strive to find the perfect temporary building for your business with our proactive and personal approach. Each customer request is led from enquiry to build by one of our expertly trained project managers ensuring continuity and a seamless process. We understand the need to react quickly in some situations, so our processes allow the fast turnaround of projects. Site visits are essential, free and without obligation. We can also advise on specialist services for Finance Options, Site Scanning, Ground Works and Planning Permission.

Fast Installation

If your requirement is urgent, we can assemble a 1000sqm capacity building within 24 hours. We hold significant stocks and will advise on the turnaround time in each case.

Turnkey Solutions

We are experts in the temporary buildings industry and we can offer full turnkey solutions for a variety of applications.  Beyond the building, we can include lighting, heating, air conditioning and power distribution if required.


Maintenance contracts are available (whether you hire or purchase) to ensure your structure remains in a safe and fully operational condition.


We have nationwide coverage and beyond if required, so our temporary structures are available to hire or purchase anywhere in the UK and mainland Europe.


In conjunction with independent industry specific consultants we have created robust and detailed documented safe systems. From our overall policies to method statements for different building types, risk assessments for hazardous activities and documented inspection systems of our equipment, you can be sure that our tried and tested systems can be relied upon. In addition, our crews are trained in H&S procedures and wear appropriate PPE at all times. All of our buildings can have site specific structural engineering calculations.


Wherever possible we look for ways to adopt sustainable working practices. In the last 5 years we have installed a comprehensive biomass system to heat our warehouse and offices, including the supply of hot water. Recently, we further extended our commitment to the environment by introducing solar power to generate electricity.


Enjoy our industry-leading service - pick up the phone and let us do the rest.

Call 01527 821789 or email

Matt and Barny are our dedicated project managers with extensive expertise and experience leading major builds. One of them will guide you through every step of the process.

For more information on our temporary storage structures, send us your details and one of our team will call you back