A guide to the various commercial property planning use classes, and what they mean.
If you’re looking to buy or rent commercial property it’s important you familiarise yourself with the various use classes to ensure you don’t need to obtain planning permission to change the use of the building. You can find full details in the Town and Country Planning Order of 1987, but a quick reference guide is below.
This class comprises premises which can sell (retails) products and offers some services, including some leisure activities.
This class is made up of premises used for business and industrial, typically including a broad mix of warehousing, logistic centres, manufacturing plants and utilities. Property sizes can range from single garages up to the Amazon fulfilment centre in Dunfermline, measuring over 1 million square foot.
Refer to the Town and Country Planning guide for the specifics.
This includes hotels, residential institutions such as care homes and live in colleges, and residential property.
This comprises non-residential institutions, for example doctors’ surgeries, schools, and museums, and leisure outlets such as cinemas, concert venues and gyms.
If the property doesn’t fall into one of the above categories it is denoted as ‘sui generis’, theatres and betting shops are examples of properties that fall into this classification.
The content in this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace legal or specialist advice. Before making any decisions we recommend you seek professional advice.