Temporary structures

COVID-19 has presented a wide range of challenges to the safe and ongoing operation of many businesses and organisations.

In some instances, there is a need for more physical space to accommodate social distancing and safer operations to enable businesses to operate as effectively as they can. Temporary structures and buildings such as portacabins, portable buildings and portable welfare blocks, may provide a temporary solution to this issue. 

In most instances temporary structures and buildings require planning permission. Given the current COVID-19 situation, Newark and Sherwood District Council is seeking to allow temporary structures and buildings without planning permission in certain circumstances until approximately 31 October 2021, to ensure the successful running of existing businesses and organisations in the district, whilst adhering to the government’s COVID-19 guidance. However, this does not apply to residential properties.

Our temporary structures document (PDF File, 622kb) provides further guidance, including information on what is required to be sent to us for assessment.

We will make an assessment of this information to determine whether the proposal is acceptable and make this determination within ten working days.  If we are unable to meet this timescale we will endeavour to communicate with you to provide you with a revised timescale.  We may impose controls on the way in which temporary structures are used, such as limit them to daytime use to reduce noise to neighbours.