In most cases, our customers don’t require planning permission for their shepherd’s huts and have, therefore, avoided the hassle that comes with submitting a planning application!
However, a number of different factors determine whether or not permission is needed. For this reason, we always suggest investigating the planning rules and regulations in your area if you’re considering buying a shepherd’s hut — better safe than sorry!
We’ve put together some FAQs to help you get started…
Do I need planning permission for a shepherd’s hut?
Where a shepherd’s huts is purchased for private use and placed in the owner’s garden then, as a general rule, no planning permission is required. We have sold huts to a number of customers who have lived in conservation areas and still did not need permission to place the hut in their garden.
Typically, shepherd’s huts don’t require planning permission because they are a mobile structure — much like a caravan. The law defines a caravan as any kind of structure built for human habitation which is capable of being moved from one place to another.
If you intend on using your hut for personal use (a summer house, a reading retreat, a bedroom, etc.) and will be keeping it in your garden there should not be an issue. This makes a shepherd’s hut the perfect option if you’ve been declined permission for an extension in the past! If, however, you plan to place the shepherd’s hut on agricultural land or on a paddock then you may have to be prepared to move it every 90 days!
Restrictions may apply, however, if you live in a listed building or within a conservation area. There may be a restriction written into your property deed if you live in an urban area or, for example, in an area owned by the National Trust.
As rules vary from region to region, it’s always a good idea to contact your local planning office for more specific advice regardless of your situation.
Even if you don’t need official planning permission, it may also be wise to discuss your plans with any immediate neighbours to ensure they don’t have any concerns and, therefore, avoid any confrontation in the future!
What if I want to use my hut for business?
If you’re looking to use a hut for commercial or rental purposes (a small business, holiday accommodation, etc.), you will have to inform authorities by applying for “change of use” for the land that your hut will be placed on and you will have to apply for the relevant permissions for the type of business you are developing. This is quite an in depth topic and one that could require professional advice.
When should I apply for planning permission?
If you are at all unsure then it would be wise to check with your local planning authority. They should be able and willing to advise you whether you need to make a formal application or not.
How do I get in contact with local planning offices?
For more information about planning permission and to access contact details for your local planning office visit: planningportal.co.uk.