Use Classes Order Guide

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Use Classes Order Guide

Lichfields’ Use Classes Order Guide summarises, in an easy-to-use chart, all the use classes in England and how it is possible to change from one use to another without having to apply for planning permission. The table also explains the sui generis uses that lie outside the Use Classes Order but benefit from permitted development rights. The guide has been updated to reflect amendments to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 that allow A1/A2/A5 uses to change to office B1, and allow A5 uses to change to dwellinghouse C3 (subject to conditions and limitations, including floorspace limitations). 

We have also prepared a guide to changing ‘main town centre uses’ via permitted development rights.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss any element of either guide.

Lichfields' 'Guide to the Use Classes Order' means that one can see at a glance whether a proposed change of use requires planning permission, and understand the potential scale and scope of permitted development without having to unravel complex legislation.

Jennie Baker, Associate Director, Lichfields