In most cases if you want to change from one use class to another, you will need planning permission although there are some use classes that can be changed under permitted development. Most external building work associated with a change of use is also likely to require planning permission.
A change of use within the same use class does not normally require planning permission, unless you are planning to make external changes to the building. Some changes from one use class to another are covered by permitted development rights and would not require planning permission.
For a change of use that falls under permitted development a lawful development certificate is recommended to prove your development is lawful and protect yourself from retrospective planning issues and enforcements. Some building work associated with these changes of use can also be covered by permitted development rights.
If you are considering changing the use of a building or land, we recommend that you speak to one of our expert planning consultants to confirm whether planning permission is required or not as the planning laws for change of use are complex. If you are thinking of buying or leasing a property with the intention of changing its use class, we recommend you check whether planning permission is required and the chance of getting approval before you take the property on.
If you are in any doubt our expert planning consultants can help. By carrying out a planning appraisal we can advise you on whether planning permission is required, the feasibility, process, timescales, likelihood of success and answer any other questions that you have. Once we know exactly what is required for your project, we will provide you an accurate quote for us to help you.