Planning Help

Helping you Obtain Planning Permission

Planning Help


Planning permission and/or building regulations are sometimes required before a canopy, shelter or shade sail can be installed. 

In cases where this is necessary, we can work closely with you, advising what you need and where you can get it from. We will produce all the documents and scaled drawings required for your application free of charge and we can help you complete your application form.

The help and advice we provide at Able Canopies is free of charge, however we are unable cover the cost of the application and any necessary maps which are required (such as the Site Location Plan). 

Please note: a planning application can be a complex process and this may add 10-12 weeks to your order. 

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 "Very professional service provided throughout from sale to installation.

Support in the building regulations minefield was invaluable. We would have no hesitation in recommending Able Canopies in the future."

- East Borough Primary School, Kent


General guidelines as to whether you will require planning are as follows:

  • The structure measures more than 30m2
  • The structure is less than 20m from the school boundary

If you have any questions, or to find out if you qualify for a Free Site Survey contact our expert team


Here are some testimonials from our customers who have used our planning assistance service


"When we decided we wanted a canopy we naively didn't really know what was involved after getting the quote, we presumed we just paid and booked for the work to be done. The process was a bit more complicated and needed us to get planning permission and consent from the owners of the land who although were the same local authority that gave planning permission still required us to take these additional steps. We are a small team and no one in our staff had experience of this type of process but the staff at Able Canopies supported us through all the steps and helped with applying for plans and obtaining landlords consent and liaised with the various departments involved too and we now have our lovely new canopy. Thank you Able Canopies, we couldn't have done it without you!

- Leagrave Children’s Centre, Bedfordshire, Luton


"You & Able were very helpful to us with the Canopy - we are very pleased with the process & the product!"

- Bute House Prep School for Girls, Hammersmith, London


"The canopy was very reasonably prices, the installation was trouble free and the assistance with planning persmission was fantastic"

- Ellen Tinkham School, Exeter, Devon 


"Thank you so much for all your help and patience since the initial quote through to the final installation stage, and especially for completing the planning permission application."

Little Acorns Pre School, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire


"From our initial meeting, planning and installation, we were very impressed. Many thanks Able Canopies."

- Colchester Academy, Colchester, Essex


"We needed urgently documentations to support our planning application to the County Council for the installation of a Shade Sail. These included diagrams with technical information, as well as pictures showing the settings with the Shade Sail. We were very pleased with the support we got from Able Canopies in producing these. Not only did Able Canopies provide them quickly, but they also made all the changes we requested on time. We were very pleased with the service."

- Chair of Playgroup Committee - Three Bears Playgroup, Suffolk


"First of all many thanks from everybody here for all that you did to speed up the completion of our canopy. We are absolutely delighted by the finished result and the team of fitters was excellent – a real credit to the company.

They worked hard and caused absolutely minimal disruption. The problems caused by soft sandstone walls were resolved by your management quickly and satisfactorily.

Once the process began Able Canopies was very efficient. Guidance was clear as to what was required from us and the necessary permission was sought. Paperwork was very thorough and comprehensive drawings and notes were supplied and no queries were raised by the authorities.

A very efficient service. We would happily recommend Able Canopies to anybody looking for a covered area and are happy to allow anybody to visit if they wish to see a finished product."

- Head Teacher - East Haddon C of E Primary School, Northampton.


"I found Able Canopies to be very helpful with our planning permission. We were able to do this through the planning portal together via the telephone. Without your help, I am sure I would have struggled. Thank you." 

- Joanne Hoy - Streetfield Middle School, Bedfordshire.


"When asked to complete a planning application on our behalf, Able Canopies were very willing to do so and completed the form quickly. The whole team was very friendly and helpful in ensuring that we received planning support, despite the process requiring much time and input."

- Lynsey Stevens - Seer Green Nursery, Buckinghamshire.


If you have any questions regarding our free planning help service,
or to find out if you qualify for a Free Site Survey contact us today

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