Do I need planning permission for a Field Shelter?

Field Shelters

Permanent Field Shelters provide invaluable protection against the elements, with shade from the direct summer sun and shelter from the driving rain and wind.

Suitable for many other paddock-housed animals, not just horses, in varying shapes and sizes from Goats and Llamas to pet Cattle, there’s a shelter to fit them all! With sizes starting from the Classic at just 3 x 3m up to Classic Max at 20 x5m (with larger bespoke sizes upon request), the size of the herd can be as little or large too! Regarding the planning permission for field shelters, whilst all councils differ, the general rule is that if any groundworks need to occur on the land under the shelter, and it falls outside the area of your garden, and requires any form of footings (foundation stone, drains or concrete), it will require planning consent.


Mobile Field Shelters

Mobile Field Shelters are a great asset as there is no need to finalise their location or apply for planning permission as you would have to do if you were constructing a permanent form of shelter – as long as it is moved and does not have a permanent base. We would always advise contacting your local council to ensure this is acceptable within in your area. As a temporary fix, where plans have not been finalised, or just to provide comfortable cover for your horses when they are on temporary accommodation land, this could be the ideal solution. You can even convert the units from a field shelter into a stable with the addition of the optional stable doors. The Cheval Liberte mobile field shelters are a bespoke size to enable them to fit through gateways and be relocated into different paddocks. Another temporary option is to hire or purchase Temporary stables which can easily be stored, erected and moved when required.

To find out more about planning permission for Stables, have a look at our Planning Permission for a Stable blog.

If you’re interested in a field shelter to house your animals, have a look at our range of field shelters – Field Shelters • Static & Mobile Horse Shelters • Cheval Liberté ( or to see the build quality for yourself, pop on stand 496 at the Royal Highland Show 23-26th June 2022.

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