Temporary structure building regulations

Eager to find out more about the temporary structure building regulations in the UK? You’ve come to the right place. At Mar-Key Group, we have decades of invaluable experience delivering a wide variety of reliable, high-quality temporary structures to businesses across the UK. Paired with unmatched customer service, a selection of purchase options, and highly experienced staff, we’ve impressed countless commercial clients.

To ensure your temporary structure is up to standard and meets all the required temporary building regulations in the UK, our expert engineers can provide professional reassurance and guidance. Plus, we can even refer you to our preferred planning consultants to provide you with peace of mind when it comes to building your semi-permanent design solution.

What are the temporary structure building regulations in the UK?

When it comes to temporary building regulations, temporary structures in the UK are covered by the London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939 Part IV – Section 30. Licences can be issued by your local planning and building control for any structures that are temporary or special to make sure that they are designed, built, and maintained safely.

Ultimately, the relevant building regulations will vary based on the type of temporary structure you build and how you want to use it, so it’s well worth doing your research first. It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that your choice of temporary structure could be exempt from some building regulations depending on its function. You can find out more about the various types of structures exempt from UK building regulations here.

If you decide to build a temporary structure that does not meet the existing UK building regulations, you could be asked to remove or improve the structure. To help avoid spending more of your valuable time and money rectifying these issues, we always recommend discussing your project with your Local Planning Authority (LPA), building control body or council to ensure it’s up to standard.


What’s the difference between planning permission and building regulations?

Based on information provided by the planning application service, Planning Portal, it’s important to differentiate between planning permission and building regulations. Building regulations set out the health and safety standards of buildings (during both the design and construction process) to ensure the building and its inhabitants are safe.

Planning permission, on the other hand, assesses how much of an impact the building will have on the surrounding environment. Typically, permanent properties will need both planning permission and a building regulation assessment to ensure they meet all the legal requirements. However, many temporary structures will not require planning permission, but will still need to meet the relevant building regulations.


Do you need planning permission for a temporary structure?

Put simply, no. Not all temporary structures in the UK will require planning permission. Temporary structures that are smaller than 100m² and/or are designed to remain in place for less than 28 days will not need planning permission. However, it’s vital that you check the latest building regulations to ensure your structure meets all the necessary requirements.


How long can a temporary structure stay up?

According to Schedule 2 of the UK building regulations, a temporary structure can only remain where it is erected for 28 days. However, here at Mar-Key Group, our temporary structures can be designed to remain erected for many years. Our insulated panel structures, for example, can remain in situ for as long as you need as your business develops, so please feel free to contact our team to discuss your temporary structure requirements today!


What are the different kinds of temporary structures?

There are many different types of temporary structures, so you can rest assured that you’ll find one that suits your business requirements. Here at Mar-Key Group, for example, we offer a wide range of temporary warehouse solutions, sports facilities, retail structures, venues, marquees, and even both educational structures, and TV and film spaces.

Some of the primary temporary warehouse and storage structures on offer at Mar-Key Group include our single skin steel, single skin PVC, insulated panel, and thermo-inflated roof buildings. To help you decide which one might be right for your business, you can find out more about each one of these temporary structure solutions below.


Single skin steel

Suitable for using as a storage space or loading bay, our durable steel structures provide fantastic protection for your goods. Ideal for sheltering both equipment and goods from the elements, these single skin steel structures have a permanent appearance and offer good security.

Single skin PVC

Similar to our temporary single skin steel structures, our PVC solutions are often used as wet-weather cover or walkways for staff. Available up to 30m wide and in any length that your business requires, these convenient PVC structures are a cost-effective solution to the ever-evolving demands of a rapidly growing business.

Insulated panels

Fully-insulated, these temporary buildings offer everything from excellent security to heat loss and condensation prevention. As these buildings create a temperature controlled environment, they make fantastic semi-permanent office spaces and storage solutions for goods that need to be stored at a particular temperature.

Thermo-inflated roof

To give your temporary structure a more permanent and robust appearance, we recommend taking a look at our thermo-inflated roofs. Blow-up roofs add insulation to your temporary structure while combating condensation at the same time.


Temporary Structure Building Regulations at Mar-Key Group

Attempting to invest in your own temporary structure? Why not reach out to the highly knowledgeable and experienced team at Mar-Key Group? Founded in 1991, we’ve been delivering these convenient and business-saving solutions to companies for decades across the UK, providing expert advice and guidance along the way around anything temporary structure building regulations or planning permission for temporary buildings.

To contact a member of our team and discuss your temporary structure requirements, please feel free to give us a call on 01202577111. Alternatively, you can also get in touch with us by sending your enquiry in an email to info@mar-key.com or submitting your enquiry by filling out our convenient online contact form.

Once we’ve received your enquiry, we’ll ensure a member of our team gets in touch with you shortly to find out more about your temporary structure requirements. We hope to hear from you soon!