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Change of use and planning permission

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Change of use and planning permission

Do I need planning permission?

If you intend to change use of all or part of your property, you may need to obtain planning permission. The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) puts uses of land and buildings into various categories. These are known as use classes.

Look at the change of use section of the national planning portal. This will help you understand whether planning permission is needed to change the use of your property. This includes the additional change of use permitted development rights from 30th May 2013.

Can I get confirmation that I do not need planning permission?

You can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate. This is to prove that an existing or proposed change of use is lawful and does not need planning permission.

Am I likely to get planning permission?

To find out whether your proposal is likely to be acceptable, you can apply for pre-planning application advice.

We recommend you look at our

before submitting a pre-application advice request or planning application.

How do I apply?

You can apply via the national planning portal.

To find out what information is needed with your application, please see making a planning application

Still not sure whether you need planning permission?

If you need further advice about whether you need planning permission contact planning advice and information