Business Premesis Guide: Planning Permission
To change from one use class to another, you’ll usually need to apply for planning permission from the local planning authority. In some cases, the use of commercial property can be altered without gaining permission.
Who can help? You should speak with your local Town Planner regarding any queries in respect of planning permissions or if you need to apply for a 'Change of Use' for your business premises. You should always speak to your local planning authorities/town planner ahead of any works.
Applying for planning permission:
You will likely need planning permission if you would like to:
- Build something new
- Make a major change to your building e.g an extension
- Change the use of your building
Tip: You should check whether the works you are planning will alter your rateable value. The rateable value of a business premises is based on the building's open market value. Changes to the property could change the amount that you pay in Business Rates.