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By Cara Mackay on 07 Jul 2016

Planning Permission for a Shed: What you need to apply?

We’ve already looked at whether you need Planning Permission for your Shed in a previous post. (You can read it here.)

Let’s say you do, there are some important documents you need to gather before you can go ahead and apply.

Lucky for you, I’ve put together another short video explaining all, so grab a pen and paper and check it out…

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What do you need to apply for planning permission?

  • Scale drawing
  • Ordinance survey
  • Site plan
  • Supporting pictures

You can gather of these things yourself, really easily.

Scale Drawing

The scale drawing is the elevations of your building. So, if you’re going for a shed, then you draw a scale picture of the front, back and sides.

Councils like to use one to 50, which is one centimetre for every 500 millimetres, and it’s fairly straightforward to do.

You can do it with a pen, pencil and ruler, or you could use digital software to help you.

Ordinance Survey

The ordinance survey costs about 36 pounds and you can get that online.

It’s like a street plan of where your house is that you can download, and again it’s to scale, so you would just draw in the size of shed you’ve got on that plan.

Site Plan

A site plan is basically a bigger version of the ordinance survey with everything in your garden filled out, e.g. all the shrubbery, grass areas or decks and any fixtures and fittings that are already there, with the proposed shed in place.

Supporting Pictures

Supporting pictures are to show what the garden’s like before the shed comes, and that’s pretty much it.

They can take information from them and decide whether or not you’re okay to go ahead. Nine times out of ten we don’t have any problems. I think on average over the past ten years, I’ve been refused planning twice, and I’m submitting maybe 20 applications a year.

They like timber buildings, they’re not going to hate you for applying, and everybody needs a shed, so it’s understandable.

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