Some types of temporary building are exempt from building regulations under various circumstances. For instance, a ‘Class 4’ temporary building, according to schedule two of the building regulations, does not need any planning permission. These structures are only intended to remain in place for 28 days or less. This is a broad category, and in a stroke excludes the majority of commercial and industrial ‘temporary’ buildings. In fact, the type of building referred to as temporary in an industrial or warehouse context is not normally considered temporary at all as far as building regulations go.
What Building Regulations Apply?
Let us assume, therefore, that you probably will need to comply with building regulations and gain planning permission for your temporary structure. The guidelines you will need to abide by in England are the Schedule One requirements of the Building Regulations (2010). These are divided into 16 parts, each covering aspects of construction such a structure, fire safety and noise resistance. In addition to this, ‘Regulation 7’ covers building materials and construction quality.
There isn’t the need or space to cover all the building regulations in this article. However, here are five important building regulations you should be aware of in order to fast track your planning application:
1) Part A: Structure
Part A covers the design and construction of the building. Any temporary building must be structurally sound, safe and stable. Basic design standards must be complied with for all main building materials, to ensure the building has the required strength.
2) Part B: Fire Safety
The building must be designed and built in a way that minimises the risk of fire and allows safe evacuation of building occupants. As far as possible it also provides easy access to firefighting and rescue teams, and retards the ability of fire to spread to adjacent buildings.
3) Part L: Fuel & Power Conservation
This section of the regulations stipulates that a temporary building should be adequately insulated to give a reasonable level of heat efficiency. The way these regulations are applied will depend on the heating, refrigeration and ventilation systems you have in place, which in turn will vary based on the use of the building. Some temporary buildings, for instance, are not designed for all year use and so do not have insulation or heating. Other, semi-permanent or permanent structures come equipped with highly efficient insulation and the ability to install cost-effective heating or cooling systems.
4) Part M: Access
The building’s layout and location must give adequate, safe access to all users and occupants. This includes entrances and exits to the building, as well as the circulation of people and vehicles within the building itself. Care must be taken to provide disabled access where necessary.
5) Part P: Electrical Safety
Temporary buildings designed to incorporate wiring and electrical systems must comply with Part P of the building regulations. This is important to prevent overheating, burns and electric shocks.
Planning Permission Without Tears
Building regulations can seem intimidating for temporary structures, especially if you need to hire or purchase such a building in a hurry. At Smart Space we make the planning process as easy and fast as possible by providing all the building specs you need to fast track your application.
If possible, we strongly recommend you obtain planning permission before erecting your building. However, if you need a building for emergency purposes, it is possible to retrospectively apply for planning permission. This will save you a lot of time, especially considering the planning process can take up to 12 weeks. So long as building regulations are complied with and you can demonstrate your urgent need for the building, you should have no problem gaining a retrospective application.
Our planning team are on hand to advise you and help you with your application at every stage of the process. Please get in touch for further information.
Download Our FREE ‘Which Building Guide’
Building regulations vary depending on the type of temporary structure you need. To be clear about which regulations apply to you, download a free copy of our Which Building Guide, where you will find all the characteristics and requirements of each of our types of building. You can access a copy by clicking here.