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Shop front alterations and planning permission

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Shop front alterations and planning permission

You can use our new tool to check if your project needs planning permission.

You must apply for full planning permission for any alteration to your shopfront that would change the shop's appearance. 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), you must apply for listed building consent for any internal or external alterations.

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

More information

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

Apply for a Lawful Development Certificate to prove a minor alteration to a shopfront is lawful. This is both for existing or proposed alterations.

Am I likely to get planning permission?

To find out whether your proposal is likely to be accepted, 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, 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.