Is planning permission required for temporary buildings in Scotland?

Got a query with planning permission for temporary buildings in Scotland? With buildings rules and regulations often varying depending on where you are in the world, it makes sense that planning permission guidance could differ even within the UK. To help you determine which area of the UK is most suitable for temporary building construction, we explore planning permission for temporary buildings in Scotland in more detail below.


Do you need planning permission for a temporary building in Scotland?

Based on official guidance set out in The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992, if a building is covered by Permitted Development Rights, then it does not require planning permission. These rights cover temporary moveable structures and buildings required for 28 days or less as well as any temporary buildings required to support construction work on land/adjoining land.

However, any other temporary buildings that are not covered by these crucial Permitted Development Rights will require planning permission regardless of how long that structure is intended to be present. Planning permission applications in Scotland can be submitted either through your local council or via the online ePlanning website.

To submit the application, you’ll need to provide a reason for the temporary building, a description of how it will be used, and explain how long the structure will be in place for. You will also need to supply the council with drawings and plans for the temporary building, as well as a certificate listing the site owners (and any agricultural tenants).

It’s important to note that the planning application will also be subject to a fee that is dictated by the type of development you wish to construct. Please refer to the Planning Portal for Scotland. If you are unsure as to whether your proposed temporary project requires planning permission, it is always best to contact your local council or seek out professional advice from a qualified planning consultant.


Mar-Key Group temporary buildings

At Mar-Key Group, we ensure all our temporary structures meet the latest rules and regulations, and can even put you in touch with our preferred planning consultants to help you obtain the permission you need to get construction underway as soon as possible. Regardless of what temporary structure you need, whether you require a temporary warehouse building or a venue for an event, we can help.

Far from delivering a read-made temporary structure and leaving you to it, our expert team are on hand to conduct free site visits and groundwork tests, offering tailored support throughout the process. With a choice of payment options (including short-term hire, long-term lease, and outright purchase), we provide temporary structure solutions to suit every budget.

Interested in finding out more about the planning permission rules and regulations in Scotland? Or maybe you’d like to explore the various types of temporary structure available at Mar-Key Group. Whatever your reason for getting in touch, our experienced team are eager to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

To speak directly to a knowledgeable member of our team, simply call us on 01202 577 111. Alternatively, you can also submit your enquiry via email to or use our online contact form to get in touch – we hope to hear from you soon.