Class A – temporary buildings and structures


The permitted development right of Class A allows you to place temporary buildings or moveable structures, works, plant or machinery on any land to be used in conjunction with development above or under the land, or indeed adjoining land.

Very straightforward permission to place temporary buildings on the land. 

– temporary buildings


Are there any limitations?


The only main requirement is that if the connected operation requires planning permission or that permission has not yet been granted then you can’t place the temporary buildings on the land until such time as permission is in place. You can see the full legislation below.

Once the works have completed you will need to remove the temporary buildings and restore the land as required.




Class A – temporary buildings and structures

Permitted development

A. The provision on land of buildings, moveable structures, works, plant or machinery required temporarily in connection with and for the duration of operations being or to be carried out on, in, under or over that land or on land adjoining that land.

Development not permitted

A.1 Development is not permitted by Class A if—
(a) the operations referred to are mining operations, or

(b) planning permission is required for those operations but is not granted or deemed to be granted.


A.2 Development is permitted by Class A subject to the conditions that, when the operations have been carried out—
(a) any building, structure, works, plant or machinery permitted by Class A is removed, and

(b) any adjoining land on which development permitted by Class A has been carried out is, as soon as reasonably practicable, reinstated to its condition before that development was carried out.


Page Updated:  12th March 2023