Temporary Structures in Historic Places

Guidance for local planning authorities, site owners and event organisers

Events in historic places make a vital contribution to the economic sustainability of our heritage. They add to the enjoyment of countless visitors at a huge range of sites, from urban squares to open countryside, as well as generating an important source of income. However, the temporary structures needed to facilitate them are not appropriate in every location, and need to be carefully positioned and designed to avoid potentially disfiguring or damaging sites and landscapes of heritage importance. This guidance helps to show how this can be done, using examples of good practice and suggesting an approach to risk assessment and mitigation.

Please note, the content of this guidance is under review as it does not reflect changes to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 made subsequent to its publication.


  • Executive summary
  • Section 1. Introduction
  • Section 2. Background
  • Section 3. Types of temporary structures
  • Section 4. Benefits of temporary structures
  • Section 5. Project management
  • Section 6. Evaluation of proposals in the planning system
  • Section 7. Statutory planning controls
  • Section 8. Information in support of proposals
  • Section 9. Recommended management practices
  • Annex A. Extract from the Town and County Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 as amended

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51641


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