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Garden sheds are subject to the same planning permission rules as other types of outbuildings and ancillary garden buildings but not all will require planning permission.

Below are listed the limits that a garden shed or other building must fall within to then not require planning permission. Its worth noting that these planning permission rules apply to greenhouses, garages, garden chalets, garden offices and many other types of structure. Under new regulations that came into effect on 1st October 2008, sheds are considered to be permitted development, not needing planning permission.


Do Carr's export their buildings or build for overseas markets?

Carr's are a UK based company and do not ship goods outside of the United Kingdom. Do call us though for clarification, we never say never!

Do I need Planning Permission for Log Cabins and Garden Offices?

It is always best to check with your local planning authority, but best practice as of March 2013 is below - for a link to the Government Planning Portal, see link here. Carr's are not a planning authority, so the below is a general set of guidelines,as opposed to anything definitive, please do check with your local authority if unsure. 

Outbuildings must not cover more than half the area of land around the "original house".

You must apply for planning if your building or structure is to be used for running a business or storing commercial goods.

You must apply for planning for separate self-contained living accommodation and for microwave antennas.

Garden buildings are not permitted development forward of the principal elevation of your house. This means the house as it was originally built or as it stood on 1 July 1948.

Buildings or structures that are positioned within 2 metres of your boundary (in England) must not exceed 2.5m in height.  We can design your garden office, summerhouse or log cabin to be under 2.5m in height to keep the planners happy!

Buildings or structures that are positioned more than 2 metres from your boundary must not exceed 3 metres in height, or more than 4 metres high with a ridged roof. (Most of our buildings are under 4 metres in height).

You must apply for planning permission if your house is listed, you live within a conservation area, a national park or the broads, an area of outstanding natural beauty (A.O.B.) or a world heritage site.  In these areas, the total area of any building (more than 20 metres from the wall of your house) must not exceed 10 sqm.


How do Carr prices and quality compare to those online?

As we have been established for so long we have very low relative operating costs which we are able to pass onto our customers. We watch prices closely online and are very confident that, like for like in terms of quality, we are more than competitive within our 70 miles delivery zone.

Before buying from an anonymous internet company ask whether the buidling is supplied and installed. Ask about the type of timber, the quality of joins and glue used in the door and window joinery. Ask about the quality of preservative used. Ask about the quality of the roofing felt- some companies don't even include it in the price. Finally, ask about the payment terms- with a Carr building you pay the majority of the cost when you have seen the unit and inspected it in your garden.

We proudly display our buildings at numerous locations- we encourage you to inspect any building before you buy.

What access is required to deliver my shed?

The majority of Carr orders include installation & build - the shed will be delivered and installed on the same day by prior appointment with you - call Tel: 01268 561450 to order and book a suitable time. A clear access route should be required from the lorry to the prepared base, with no access restrictions. The sections are often large flat panels which may be as long as the building. Possible restrictions include archways, narrow passages, sharp corners and flights of steps.  Access through the house may be possible with advance notice- if required larger panels can be made in smaller sections, this may incurr a small surcharge. Please advise us if there are any access restrictions at the site.

What type of base is suitable for my shed?

Carr sheds need a substantial base due to their heavy timber construction. The base should be solid, square, flat and level to ensure the stability of your shed. Paving slabs or concrete are ideal. A solid concrete base is more permanent and normally more expensive but it provides an excellent base especially for a larger shed. Paving slabs are more practical and cost effective, especially for a smaller shed at the far end of the garden. The base should be no smaller than the floor size of the new shed and no more than a few inches larger.

Why should I buy a shed, summerhouse or log cabin from Carrs?

Because for 40 years we have worked and re-invested in order to deliver one thing to our customers- to deliver quality at the lowest possible price. Unlike many internet-based companies, we don't claim to offer everyone in the country the "best" possible price but if you live within 70 miles of our factory we are confident that we can offer the best possible value product and service.

Some companies offer a delivery only service - do you do that?

We believe that the delivery and assembly of your product is an important part of our service and we don't ask for the balance of payment until you have seen the unit are fully satisfied. We have numerous customers who have bought from the Internet and have had a pile of wood delivered outside their house with pieces missing. They have sent the bits of wood back, come to us and been fully satisfied. With the exception of our value range we assemble our units free of charge. Call us on 01268 561450 to discuss or email us: sales@carrgardenbuildings.co.uk

I live slightly outside your delivery area but would like to buy one of your units - is that possible?

Yes, within reasonable distance. It may incurr a slight surcharge - please call for a price on 01268 561450. See our delivery areas here but for larger log cabins and buildings we are prepared to travel further.