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Do they require planning permission?


The popularity of shepherd huts shows no signs of receding. They are as popular as ever whether for private use or holiday letting. But the big question is: do they need planning permission?

The answer is that it is not straightforward and depends on a number of factors such as the size of the unit; where you plan to station it; what it will be used for; how it is constructed; and whether it will remain mobile.

If a shepherd hut complies with the legal definition of a caravan as set out in the Caravan Sites Act, you may be able to station one in your garden provided its use is ancillary or incidental to the main dwelling. In order to comply with the legal definition of a caravan, the unit must be:


Have been assembled from no more than 2 parts

Remain mobile

Be no larger than 20m x 6.8m x 3.05m (internal ceiling height)

Provided your hut meets these criteria, you should be able to put one in your garden. Not all councils always agree or are clear on the legislation, however, and we would always recommend applying for a Lawful Development Certificate in order to protect your investment.

If you plan to station your hut on agricultural land or plan more than one unit, you will probably need to apply for planning permission. For example, you may want to set up a glamping business.

If you want to station one or more shepherd huts on agricultural land, this requires an application for a change of use of the land. In this case it is necessary to consider what planning policies might be applicable and other material considerations such as landscape and highways impact, etc. 

Whatever your plans, location or situation we can help and are happy to advise you about what might be required for your project whether large or small.

Common projects include:

Glamping sites

Shepherd huts for bed and breakfast

Farm diversification

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