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When applying for a change of use of a commercial or residential premises, it may be necessary to secure planning permission from your local planning authority.
In most cases planning permission is needed when changing from one use class to another.
In a lot of cases if your current use class and intended use is the same planning permission may not be needed.
As some changes are permitted development planning permission may not be needed.
What is a Change of Use Application?
A change of use application is something that is required for a number of use changes with regards to your property. For example, you could be looking to change an outbuilding into a dwelling, and this will require permissions for the use to change. While it may seem like a very simple process, it can often be more complicated than you anticipated, and that is why we are here to help make the application process as smooth as possible.
How to Get a Change of Use
The process of applying for planning permission for a change of use is actually a really simple process, and even easier than a new building application. However, complications can occur, especially with premises that have commercial or agricultural use at present. So, ensuring you do everything right the first time is key.
Sometimes, you can deal with a change is use through what is known as a prior approval process instead of a planning application. What this means is that the change of use is permitted through the process, but the council needs to confirm it along with other associated details. Some local authorities can require planning permission in certain areas, regardless of Permitted Development Rights, but this is research we can help you with.
Change of Use Classes
The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) categorises the uses of land and buildings into what is known as Use Classes. Usually, you need planning permission to switch from one class to the other.
This is in order to control the use of buildings to ensure that a sufficient number of buildings for housing and employment are not only available, but also do not clash. For example, you do not normally find residential houses in the middle of an industrial state.
You will find that there are a number of different use classes and permitted changes, and below we have gathered some of the most used class types:
- A1 Shops
- A2 Financial and professional services
- A3 Restaurants and cafés
- A4 Drinking establishments
- A5 Hot food takeaways
- B1 Business
- B2 General industrial
- B8 Storage or distribution
- B8 Storage or distribution
- C1 Hotels
- C2 Residential institutions
- C2A Secure Residential Institution
- C3 Dwelling houses
- C4 Houses in multiple occupation
- D1 Non-residential institutions
Certificate of Lawful Development
It is not compulsory for you to obtain a certificate of lawful development, but it can help you out in some planning situations. These are things that we can help you to identify, which will in turn help to make the process of obtaining such a certificate.
Of course, there are times when complex issues can occur when you apply for the certificate of lawful development, but this is also something that we can help you through. If your application is refused, you can appeal against the decision, something else that we are able to expertly assist with.
How We Can Help
What we can do is offer excellent quality planning advice from a team of experts that have extensive experience in the field. We can help you to not only avoid common pitfalls, but also ensure that if you end up on the wrong side of your local authorities, the consequences are dealt with professionally. All you need to do is let us know your situation, and we will endeavour to find a solution.
Contact Us 0800 456 1060
If you would like more information on changes of use and how to go about applying for the planning permission, you can speak to our expert team by calling 0800 456 1060. We’re open 24/7 to answer all your questions and help you achieve your desired results.
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