Planning Permission: Changes of Use
If you want to change the use of a building or land, you may need planning permission. There are examples below of what types of changes are 'permitted' and which need permission.
Planning permission is not usually needed when both the existing and proposed new uses fall within the same 'Use Class'. The Summary of the Use Classes Order below will give you an idea of which 'class' your use falls into.
It is also possible to change uses between some classes without making an application. This information is given in the last column of this summary.
It is advisable to Contact Planning Direct to confirm whether or not you need to submit a planning application. If you want to know your chances of getting permission please write to us with a concept plan outlining your proposal . This information cannot be provided over the telephone.
Document which provides a summary of the Use Classes contained in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987. Amended on October 2010.