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SteelPad have teamed up with Rob Jones Davies from RJD Consultancy to offer advice with SteelPad planning issues.

Do I really need Planning Permission?
It is recommended you should always contact your local planning authority (LPA) to check whether your particular location requires planning permission.

However, sometimes, container homes do not require any planning permission as they are not considered to be permanent. If you live in the container for a prolonged amount of time a container home cannot be considered as a temporary structure. Please be aware that the rules vary in different parts of the country. For instance, Listed Buildings and National Parks often require planning permission, regardless of the type of building, the structure, or the intended use.

Are there instances when I wouldn’t need Planning Permission to use a Container?
In your garden – You would not typically require planning permission if you install a shipping container unless your property is in a designated landscape area or other planning constraints are applicable such as the property being listed or in a conservation area. Certain rules must be followed such as; the container extension must not cover more than half the area of land around the original property.

Farmland ‐ You will not usually require planning permission if you are installing a container home on empty land or farmland. However, it is important to be aware that you may require planning permission if the use of the land changes (i.e. from agricultural to residential).

Reuse, recycle – Container homes are yet another excellent example of how old shipping containers can be recycled and converted into something innovative and functional. They offer an unique and affordable home with environmental benefits relatively quickly and affordable.

More information can be found online.