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Is Planning Permission needed for Storage Containers?

23 February 2023 10:42

We have spoken to several farms recently who have containers that are rented to 3rd party businesses and individuals for workshops and storage. 

Landowners and Farmers often believe that, because they are “mobile” these containers don’t need planning permission. But alas they do. This is because you are changing the use of the land. And so, they need full planning permission.

You do not need permission if the shipping containers are being used for agricultural purposes on agricultural land for perhaps a workshop or storage. Or indeed if it’s for temporary use of less than 28 days. And if you already have permission for storage and are placing the containers in that area.

But if the shipping containers are rented out then you will require planning permission for change of use. Planning consent could be difficult to get in the Greenbelt, AONB’s or other landscape designated areas. Other areas planning is possibly achievable, depending on the site.

For further information on whether or not you need permission contact 01536 524808 or email