Do I need planning permission?

You will need to apply for full planning permission for any alteration to your shop front which would materially change the appearance of the property. This includes replacement shopfronts, installation or replacement or new entrance doors and windows and external security measures.

Small alterations to your shop front may not need planning permission, but the alterations must not materially change the outward appearance of the property.

If the shop is a listed building (or part of a listed building), you will need to apply for listed building consent to carry out any internal or external alterations.

If the alterations to your shop front will include adding or changing an advertisement or sign (including lettering on an awning or blind) then you may also need to apply for advertisement consent. Please see the advertisements and signs section for further guidance.

Where can I find further information?

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

In situations where you may need to prove, or obtain peace of mind that an existing shopfront or a proposed minor alteration to a shopfront is lawful, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate.

Am I likely to get planning permission?

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

How do I apply?

You can apply via the national planning portal. To find out what information is required 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