Planning your School Canopy

A2z Canopies can support you with your application process with drawings, plans and product specifications to support planning applications, contact us to find out more. 

Information about planning your new Canopy below. 

Guidance on Application Process


Canopy developments are generally widely supported and recognised as a way of utilising underused external space, transforming into useful, bright, social spaces. It’s only generally an issue if you are extending boundaries of the school, or if the structure impedes highways/public rights of ways. 

During our site survey we will advise where these issues may arise. 

This online guide aims to assist schools in navigating the planning permission application process for the installation of an A2z Canopies structure. 

Our goal is to make this process as straightforward as possible, ensuring that your application is complete, accurate, and submitted correctly. We can support you in your application and even draft and submit it for you, just get in touch and we can discuss it further.  

Pre-Application Checks

diagram of steps for planning permission

Verify Need for Permission

  • Confirm if your project requires planning permission. In most instances this will be a Prior approval unless the location extends boundaries or impedes highways/public Access.
  • Register with Planning Portal to learn more and, in most instances, create and submit the application.

Gather Required Information

  • Collect all necessary documentation, including Canopy dimensions, Site plans and create a Design and Access Statement.  

Complete Application Forms

  • Fill out the relevant application form on the Planning Portal. This may typically be done online via the LPA’s website or the Planning Portal.

Submit Your Application

  • Submit the application forms along with all supporting documentation and the required fee to your LPA.

Consultation and Consideration

If you would like assistance in the planning process please get in touch with us below:

  • schOnce submitted, your application will be subject to a public consultation process and reviewed by planning officers.


  • The LPA will make a decision. If your application is refused, review the reasons provided and consider whether you can address them in a new application.