Do you need planning permission to build a bus shelter on private land?

Many think that bus shelters are exclusively the preserve of councils and local government, but there are many reasons why a private organisation or business might want to build them. Planning permission is always a consideration when building anything, so do you need planning permission to build a bus shelter on private property?

Building a bus shelter on private land

You might imagine that if you own a piece of land, you can build anything you want on it as long as it’s within your boundary lines. That is not the case, however. All manner of buildings, whether they are shops and restaurants through to factories and warehouses, almost unanimously don’t have permitted development rights.

What that means is if the bus shelter is going to be a free-standing structure, and in certain circumstances even if it’s going to be attached to a pre-existing building, you will still need to get appropriate planning permission before going ahead with the build. Owning the land does not mean you can build whatever you like.

When should you apply for planning permission?

As soon as possible, is the simple answer. The first thing to do is get in touch with your local planning authority and determine what permissions you actually need to obtain. You can then set about the design process, working with your bus shelter supplier to determine the scale and location of your shelter or shelters.

Once you have a clear idea of the size of your bus shelter and the locations you intend to put them, you can then begin the process of submitting your planning application. Your bus shelter provider should have experience with this process and should be able to help you make the appropriate applications.

You will have to wait for planning permission to be granted before any work can begin being carried out. This is why it makes the most sense to apply for planning permission as early as possible, as doing so will help to avoid any potential future delays to the project and prevent wasted time or expenditure.

Working with the right bus shelter professionals

This means it’s essential you choose the right team of specialists to help you with the construction of bus shelters on your private property. The team you choose should be well versed with planning regulations and requirements, and be able to tailor your needs and preferences in line with those regulations. This will mean there’s a considerably reduced chance of your plans being rejected and you having to redevelop and resubmit them. An experienced team can help get approval the first time.

If you’re ever unsure of anything relating to your obligations and your requirements, it’s best to get in touch with your local planning office. They will give you the details you need, and let you know what you can and can’t do. Understanding your options gives you a framework to better develop your bus shelter project within.

With planning permission achieved, you’re free to let the experts at Ace Shelters build your perfect bus shelters on your private property.