Permission to change a residential property to a business property


Planning permission may be required if you are considering running a business from home. Unfortunately, there is no simple test to identify when planning permission is required, as it will depend on the size and location of your property and the particular business activity. The Planning Portal offers some general guidance on working from home (

Sometimes, a low key use that does not need planning permission at present may need permission in the future; your business may grow to a level where planning permission is required. It is important that you are aware of this. We recommend you apply for planning permission prior to any changes to your business.

When planning permission is required, it does not mean that your changes are not acceptable. Planning applications can be made via the Planning Portal (

In order to submit the best possible scheme, you may wish to refer to our adopted policy guidance

In instances where planning permission is required but has not been granted, the council may take enforcement action. It is therefore important to ensure you have the appropriate permissions in place.  

Last updated: 03/11/2023 17:39