Guide to Use Classes

USE CLASSES ORDER

CLASS USE TYPE PERMITTED CHANGE

A1

Shops

  • Retail sale of goods other than hot food
  • Post office
  • Sale of tickets or as a travel agency
  • Sale of sandwiches or other cold
  • food – consumption off the premises
  • Hairdressing
  • Direction of funerals
  • Display of goods for sale
  • Hiring shops
  • Dry Cleaners,
  • Reception of goods to be washed, leaned or repaired
  • Internet café
None
(Flat above permitted)

A2

Financial and professional services

  • Financial services
  • Professional services (other than health or medical services)
  • Any other services (including use as a betting office)
Flat above and A1
(When there is a display window at ground level)

A3

Restaurants and cafes

Use for the sale of food and drink for consumption on the premises.

A1 or A2

A4

Drinking establishments

Use as a public house, wine-bar or other drinking establishment

A1, A2 or A3

A5

Hot food takeaways

Use for the sale of hot food for consumption off the premises.

A1, A2 or A3
CLASS USE TYPE PERMITTED CHANGE

B1

Business

  • As an office other than a use within class A2 (financial and professional services)
  • Research and development of products or processes
  • Any industrial process.
 B8

B2

General industrial

The carrying on of an industrial process other than one falling within class B1.

B1
(B8 limited to 235 sqm)

B8

Storage or distribution

For storage or as a distribution centre.

B1 limited to 235 sqm
CLASS USE TYPE PERMITTED CHANGE

D1

Non-residential institutions

  • For the provision of any medical or health services
  • A crêche
  • Day nursery or day centre
  • The provision of education
  • Displaying works of art (not for sale)
  • A museum
  • Public library or public reading room
  • Public hall or exhibition hall, for, or in connection with, public worship or religious instruction
  • As a law court
None

D2

Assembly and leisure

  • A cinema or concert hall
  • A bingo hall
  • A dance hall
  • A swimming bath
  • Skating rink
  • Gymnasium and other recreations not involving motorised vehicles or firearms.
None
CLASS USE TYPE PERMITTED CHANGE

C1

Hotels

As a hotel or as a boarding or guest house where, in each case, no significant element of care is provided.

None

C2

Residential institutions

  • For the provision of residential accommodation and care to people in need of care (other than a use within class C3)
  • A hospital or nursing home
  • Residential school, college or training centre.
None

C2A

Secure residential institutions

  • Secure residential accommodation
  • Prisons and young offenders
  • institutions
  • Detention centre
  • Secure training centre
  • Custody centre
  • Short-term holding centre,
  • Secure hospital,
  • Secure local authority
  • accommodation Military barracks.
None

C3

Dwellinghouses

  • A dwellinghouse, used by a single person or by people to be regarded as forming a single household.
  • Not more than six residents living together as a single household where care is provided for residents;
  • Not more than six residents living together as a single household where no care is provided to residents(other than a use within Class C4).
None

C4

Houses in multiple occupation

Use of a dwellinghouse by not more than six residents as a “house in multiple occupation”.

C3

Sui – Generis:

  • Theatre
  • Amusement arcade
  • Funfair
  • Launderette
  • Sale of fuel
  • Sale or display for sale of motor vehicles
  • Taxi business or hire cars
  • Scrapyard
  • Hostel
  • Waste disposal installation
  • Retail warehouse club,
  • Night-club
  • Casino
These Uses do not fall into a Use Class and therefore require permission for a change of use. This is with the one exception of a Casino which can be changed to Class D2