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Commercial Guide

Commercial properties are covered by The Town and Country Planning (Uses Classes) Order 1987, which divides the uses of business properties and land into different categories.Use Classes Use


Classes Description General Development

A1 Shops - Class I

 Shops, retail warehouses, hairdressers, undertakers, travel and ticket agencies, post offices, dry cleaners, etc Pet shops, cats-meat shops, tripe shops, sandwich bars Showrooms, domestic hire shops, funeral directors 

Order 1998 - No permitted change

A2 Financial and Professional Services - Class II 

Banks, building societies, estate and employment agencies Professional and financial services, betting offices 

Order 1998 - Permitted change to A1 where a ground floor display window exists

A3 Food and Drink  

Restaurants, pubs, snack bars, cafés, wine bars, shops for sale of hot food 

Order 1998 - Permitted change to A1 or A2

Sui Generis  

Shops selling and/or displaying motor vehicles 

Order 1998 - Permitted change to A1

 Launderettes, taxi or vehicle hire businesses, amusement centres, petrol filling stations 

Order 1998 - No permitted change

B1 Business - Class II & Class III 

Offices, not within A2, Research and development studios, laboratories, high tech Light industry 

Permitted change to B8 where no more than 235sqm

B2 General Industrial - Class IV-IX 

General industrial 

Order 1998 - Permitted change to B1 or B8 B8 limited to no more than 235 sqm

B8 Storage and distribution - Class X 

Wholesale warehouse, distribution centres, repositories 

Order 1998 - Permitted change to B1 where no more than 235 sqm

Sui Generis

 Any work registerable under the Alkali, etc. Works Regulation Act, 1906 

Order 1998 - No permitted change

C1 Hotels - Class XI 

Hotels, boarding and guest houses 

Order 1998 - No permitted change

C2 Residential Institutions - Class XII & Class XIV Residential schools and colleges Hospitals and convalescent/nursing homes 

Order 1998 - No permitted change

C3 Dwelling Houses

Dwellings, small businesses at home, communal housing of elderly and handicapped (Six or less residents unless living together as a family.) 

Order 1998 - No permitted change

Sui Generis


Order 1998 - No permitted change

D1 Non-residential Institutions - Class XIII, Class XV & Class XVI 

Places of worship, church halls Clinics, health centres, crèches, day nurseries, consulting rooms Museums, public halls, libraries, art galleries, exhibition halls Non-residential education and training centres 

Order 1998 - No permitted change

D2 Assembly and Leisure - Class XVII & Class XVIII 

Cinemas, music and concert halls Dance, sports halls, swimming baths, skating rinks, gymnasiums Other indoor and outdoor sports and leisure uses, bingo halls, casinos 

Order 1998 - No permitted change

Sui Generis - Class XVII 


Order 1998 - No permitted change