Here at Obexion, one concern expressed by a number of our clients, is whether or not they need planning permission for shutters. In most instances, local councils will need to be informed of installation plans, and may approve (or disapprove) permission. To make a decision, they’ll consider a number of important factors. We’ve highlighted the most influential of these to help you avoid any potential headaches.
In most instances, local councils will need to be informed of installation plans, and may approve (or disapprove) permission. To make a decision, they’ll consider a number of important factors. We’ve highlighted the most influential of these to help you avoid any potential headaches when deciding if you’ll need planning permission for shutters.
Chief amongst their considerations is the visual impact of the shutter on the property and its surroundings. Depending on where the premise is located, aesthetics may be an important aspect of the area’s appeal. So while this is unlikely to be a major consideration for properties on an industrial park, for example, it’ll be a much more important for locations on a high street.
To avoid permission being denied on aesthetic grounds, make sure you look for a supplier who can fit discreet, unobtrusive secure roller shutters. Bear in mind that internally fitted shutters are almost always exempt from this, as they have little to no impact on the building’s aesthetics when deployed.
Next, the quality and efficiency of the shutter will be an important consideration. Local councils want to be sure that their residents and properties are adequately protected. So choosing a certified secure roller shutter guarantees a certain level of defence. By choosing an SR rated shutter, you’ll be able to address any questions your council may have around what the product can effectively defend against.
Another important consideration for granting planning permission is whether or not the property is a significant/listed building. In this case, you’ll need to consult relevant authorities for any modifications inside or outside the building. Remember that the approval process for listed buildings can take some time, but this doesn’t necessarily mean your application will be denied.
It’s highly recommended in all cases, that you arrange a consultation beforehand with your supplier/installer.
Here at Obexion, we’re happy to organise a consultation to quickly identify any issues with planning permission that might arise on your site. As well as this, we can recommend SR rated products for interiors and exteriors, for listed building or otherwise. Meaning any concerns about the impact of your security shutters on your property can be addressed as soon as possible.
To speak to our experienced team, you can message us via the contact page, or call us directly on 0845 050 8705.
We’ve also produced a completely free guide to SR ratings and what they mean for you. You can download it for free here.
If you’re a retailer, there are even more advantages to installing SR rated, secure roller shutters, like guaranteeing consistency across multiple sites or premises. We’ve also produced a guide specific to retailer needs, which you can download for free here.