Last edited 01 Dec 2020

Temporary structures

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Any structure that is not designed for long-term use, but merely to serve some function in the short-term is deemed to be ‘temporary’. At its most basic, a tent is a temporary structure. But it may also be a complete building that provides accommodation or storage, or it could be some form of structural sculpture.

Schedule 2 of the building regulations defines a temporary building as, ‘A building that is not intended to remain where it is erected for more than 28 days’. For more information see: Temporary structure.

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 defines a temporary use as one that does not exceed 28 days in any calendar year. However, this is reduced to 14 days for some uses, and only certain temporary uses are permitted at all without planning permission. See Temporary use for more information.

The term ‘temporary structure’ can include a host of buildings that can be small, medium or large in size. Such structures may be required to:

Temporary works may also be regarded as temporary structures comprising an arrangement of structural members that are necessary to provide safe working conditions for workers during the construction process. These can include:

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