Sheds & Summerhouses FAQs

Do I need planning permission?

The short answer is probably not. The long answer is since October 2008 outbuildings in England have been covered by ‘permitted development’ rights, meaning you have automatic planning permission without application subject to certain restrictions. So basically, if you live in ‘Designated Land’ such as an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), National Parks, conservation areas or a World Heritage Site or if your house is ‘Listed’ you need to check with your local planning authority.

If your house does not fall in one of these areas/categories, then you should be fine under these criteria:

  • The building is not within 2m of a boundary eg Garden Fence
  • Does not take up more than 50% of your garden space
  • Is not sited on land forward of ‘Principal Elevation’ (The front of your house)

What kind of foundation do I need?

A concrete base is recommended, but many types of base can be adequately prepared. The main criteria is firm and flat, so hard standing, paved areas or specially prepared bases. We will not put up sheds on soil, dirt, loose surfaces or anything which may subside causing stresses to the building, which can lead to structural compromise.


What type of sheds do you stock?

We don’t stock any sheds apart from our display buildings, they are all made to order. As for what type of sheds, we have Worksheds & Toolsheds, Potting Sheds, Summerhouses, Cornerhouses, Playhouses, Dog Runs & Kennels, Log Stores, Bike Stores, Chicken Sheds, Heavy Duty Sheds, the list goes on. We really do have a fantastic display of garden buildings on offer, so come visit us to see what is best for you.


What maintenance do they require?

All our sheds arrive with a coat of preservative unless requested otherwise. A coat of good quality wood preservative every 12 months is best for the shed, we use Langlow spirit based wood preservative ourselves which gives good protection for up to 12 months and is available in a wide range of colours, however we also use Osmo wood treatments on some of our buildings which are also available upon request. Please contact us to discuss treatments for your timber buildings.


What access is required?

The sheds are delivered on a truck roughly the same size as a large dustbin wagon. If your dustbin wagon cannot get to your house, please contact us to arrange alternative delivery arrangements. There should also be sufficient access for our fitters to carry large panels, dependant on your shed, to the site. If you are unsure of this, please contact us to arrange a site visit.


What are your lead times?

Our sheds are on a 2 week delivery cycle, so we have a round of deliveries every 2 weeks. This can get busy in the spring/summer months, and although we do add delivery dates to keep up with demand, we sometimes get 4-6 week lead times or even up to 10-12 weeks at very busy times. You will be given a delivery date at the time of order, and a confirmation letter within a couple of days of ordering your building.


Can you take my old shed away?

We can arrange your old shed to be dismantled and removed. Please contact us to arrange this.


Can you prepare a base for me?

Yes, we can prepare a base for your building. Please contact us to arrange a site visit.


What’s Included in the price?

All our Northwest Garden Buildings range include Delivery and Assembly within their delivery area. VAT is also included at 20%, so the price you see in the Brochure is the final price you pay.