Agricultural building prices
Agricultural buildings have a variety of purposes, depending on your farming requirements. Find out more about the different types and the costs involved here
Are you think of starting your own farm business? One of the most important elements, alongside the right land, is having the right agricultural buildings.
Whether you’re looking to build from scratch or renovate existing structures, it’s vital that your farm is supported by the right agricultural buildings. These spaces will help house your essential equipment, as well as protect your crops and livestock.
From barns and silos to greenhouses and cattle sheds, we’ll provide more information about agricultural building prices.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- How to choose agricultural buildings
- The building process
- Replacing or expanding agricultural buildings
Simply scroll to the section that you want to find out more about, or read the whole article for a complete overview.
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If you’re looking for agricultural buildings for your farm, one of the first questions you’ll want answered is: how much is it going to cost?
We’re going to dive straight in by providing some examples of prices for farm buildings, then explaining factors that can influence these prices.
|Type of building||Price point|
|Temporary portable building||Prices increase in length – starting around £2,000 for 6 m, ranging through to around £7,000 for structures measuring 24 m+.|
|Storage tent||For a 5 x 8 m tent it’s about £800. Alternatively, a 6 x 6 m tent is around £1,200, and a bigger option of 9 x 12 m is around £5,000.|
|Wooden shed||3.6 x 6 m is between £3,000-£4,000.|
|Steel buildings||£500-£2,000 for kit garages and sheds; custom builds are higher.|
|Extras||Roller shutter doors – £300; window – £60 approximately.|
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Which factors can affect prices?
When you’re looking for agricultural sheds for sale, there are a number of factors you’ll need to take into consideration when working out a budget. These include:
- Materials – the quality and cost of the materials is likely to be factored into the overall price
- Size – the bigger the structure, the likelier prices will increase
- Delivery – expect to pay delivery fees if the kit or structure is delivered to your farm
- Installation – if the building requires a professional installation, this is likely to affect the cost
- Additional features – for example, doors, floors and windows. Not all buildings will come with these as standard, so extra fees may be necessary if you want features like these
- Purpose/requirements – what you intend to use the building for may affect the price. For example, livestock housing and equipment storage have different requirements
- Kit or custom – a bespoke structure designed especially for your farm is likely to cost more than using a kit structure that you assemble yourself
- Condition – whether the structure or parts are new or used will alter their price point
- Electricity and plumbing – lighting and drainage systems, for instance. Allocate a higher budget if your building requires these types of systems
2. How to choose agricultural buildings
If you want to construct the building yourself, then it’s best to find agricultural shed kits. With this option, you usually buy the materials and parts as a package and construct it yourself.
The alternative is to use a specialist contractor or supplier to create a custom built structure for you, whether that’s cattle sheds, farm sheds, or agricultural sheds in general.
How you choose which type of agricultural building is right for you and your farm depends on several factors. Some questions to consider when making your decision include:
- Materials – is a timber, plastic, or steel structure more suitable for your requirements?
- Management – do you need a project manager to organise the build, or can you oversee the works yourself?
- Purpose – is the building for storage, housing livestock, or something else?
- Budget – how much can you afford to spend on the buildings?
- Maintenance – how much does it require and how frequently?
- Payment – is full payment required upfront? If not, can you pay monthly or with a payment plan? How big a deposit is required?
- Transport – can the buildings or kit be delivered, or do you have to collect the parts yourself?
- Viewings – is it possible to see a demo or model structure before you buy?
- Codes and standards – does it meet the necessary building regulations? E.g. fire safety
- Security – how can the structure be secured? For example, does it have lockable doors?
3. The building process
As part of the building process, you may need to apply for planning permission from the relevant department in your council or local authority.
There are different circumstances that may or may not require it – you can read more about them on the Gov.uk pages about planning permission for farms.
How to submit an application for planning permission
There are a few points to consider when going through the building process. We’ll outline some of the key steps you should take if you need to apply for planning permission.
- Review the requirements with your relevant local authority or planning office
- Assess if planning permission is necessary for your property e.g. check if agricultural permitted development applies – see below
- Complete the application form
- Include the required documentation
- Pay the fee
How much are the fees?
Note that planning permission fees vary across the UK – for example, England and Wales have different fee structures. In England, fees are set by the government nationally. Fees are often based upon the area of the building, and so are likely to increase the larger the structure.
For example, in 2018, the fee for erecting buildings for agricultural use on agricultural land with a gross floor space of 465 square metres (sq m) or less is £96.
For proposed developments with a gross floor space of 465 sqm – 540 sq m is £462. Gross floor spaces that are bigger than this have additional fees.
Which documents are required?
With a planning permission application, you’ll need to include:
- Plans and drawings of the proposed works
- Certificate of ownership – there are four different types (A, B, C or D), which depend on how the land is owned
- Agricultural Land Declaration – agricultural tenants (if any) must be informed about the application
- Design and Access Statement – certain applications need to include this statement, which details how the proposed works are suitable and accessible for the site
You can read more about ownership certificates and agricultural land declarations on the Gov.uk guidance page.
Additional documents may also need to be supplied, depending on your area. These are likely to be plans, or research that takes into account local concerns. Check with your local planning office for more advice.
4. Replacing or expanding agricultural buildings
At this point, you’ve learned more about the different types of agricultural buildings and the costs involved, as well as what may be included in the building process.
But what about if you already have some agricultural buildings on your land? Or if you want to expand these buildings further down the line?
In this section, we’ll provide more details about these stages.
Why might agricultural buildings need to be replaced or expanded?
Some potential reasons include:
- General wear and tear
- Converting barns as part of diversifying a farm business, such as to create accommodation or a shop
Read more about expanding and diversifying your farm’s offering in our guide on how to start a farm business.
If your property is listed or is a historic building (such as those with a thatched roof), additional conditions may apply or specialist construction may be necessary.
How long an agricultural building will last for depends on the building standards class that it was designed to. These classifications are dependent on the size of the structure, as well as work time spent in the structure and distance to a road or house.
These are outlined in the British Standard BS5502, which explains the standards that agricultural buildings should be built to – see above for more information.
What are the next steps?
By reading this article, you’ve learned more about agricultural building prices, including the different types of structures available and their corresponding costs. We’ve also looked at the building process, as well as how to replace or expand agricultural buildings too.
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