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Smoking shelters

​In most cases full planning permission is needed for a smoking shelter. However, you will not need permission if you have permitted development rights.

​In most cases full planning permission is needed for a smoking shelter and you will need to submit a full planning application. However, you will not need permission if you have permitted development rights.  If you consider that permitted development rights apply to your proposals, please check with us before you put up the structure. Forms are available on request or you can complete and return the ‘Householder enquiry form’.

Please note that public houses, clubs, nightclubs and similar premises do not have permitted development rights.  We are also able to provide informal pre-application advice on the likelihood of gaining planning permission for a smoking shelter.

Other consent

Listed building consent may be required if works are required to a listed building or within the curtilage of one. Advertisement consent may be required for associated signage. A5 ‘no smoking’ signs which are required to be displayed at premises under the Smoking Act do not need advertisement consent. Shelters erected within or adjoining a conservation area will only be permitted where it would preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the conservation area and its setting.

Considerations

  • shelters should not generally be sited on a front elevation or visually prominent elevation to ensure that the character of the host property and surrounding streetscene is not harmed
  • shelters should be of a high quality design, incorporate materials that respect the character of the host property and the surroundings and not appear excessively dominant
  • careful consideration should be given to the siting of shelters to ensure they do not result in a nuisance to adjoining property and occupiers

We will also take into account national planning guidance and the local development framework which consists of regional guidance, the Joint Replacement Structure Plan and the South Gloucestershire Local Plan.

For further information, please visit the Planning Portal.

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