Do Commercial Awnings Require Planning Permission?
Awnings are becoming increasingly popular for a range of businesses, including hotels, restaurants, cafes and pubs, to allow guests the option to enjoy the outdoors and help them make the most of their available space without the cost of an extension. However, if you are considering a new awning, then you may be wondering where your business stands when it comes to planning permission.
If you are installing a brand new commercial awning, then it is highly likely that you will require planning permission to do so because it is considered to affect members of the public. This is especially true in the case of high-street establishments where the awning will extend over pedestrians and the pavement.
Each council will have their own requirements for health and safety as well, so it’s important that you ensure any awnings you install adhere to their requirements. If at all in doubt, it’s always best to ask your local authority if you will require planning permission for your new awning.
You may also be required to ask for approval from the relevant body concerned with advertising regulations, as any branding or logos displayed on your awning are considered as advertisement when in view of the public.
If you are looking to replace an awning that already exists on your commercial property, then you will likely not need to apply for planning permission if the replacement is an exact switch. However, if you are exchanging an awning for a larger shading structure, like a Sunrain or B600, then you will most likely need to apply for planning permission.