It might seem a silly question, but the answer is based on the period of use and NOT the type of construction.
What is the period of use for a building is classed as temporary?
In Planning law and consequently in terms of building regulations, if a building is used for more than 28 days, it is not classed as a temporary structure.
This in turn means it will be subject to planning permission and subject to building regulations.
Do the materials used make a difference?
In a word, no. Whilst some temporary buildings will be constructed using PVC sheets for the roof covering and walls, whilst others are supplied with steel cladding for the roof and walls – none of this has any bearing on whether the building is considered temporary or permanent.
Will it comply with the regulations?
Quite simply, whichever type of building you erect, irrespective of the material used, if it’s over 50m2 and its intended use is for more than 28 days, then it will be subject to local authority regulations.
This includes planning permission, the building regulations and may also include highways agency and environmental agency involvement too. But the building regulations are very specific to every individual project – NOT the type or design of building.
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Our temporary buildings, semi-permanent buildings and permanent buildings are used for applications as diverse as storage buildings to school sports halls. Car showrooms to classrooms. Warehouses to workshops and many, many more.
The decision about which type of building you should choose should be based fundamentally upon the period of use and the application.
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