Use Class Order reference guide

United Kingdom

A quick reference guide to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 and Permitted Changes of Use (England and Wales only) as amended by the 2005 Amendment Order

The chart below provides a basic summary of the Use Classes Order and associated permitted development rights. It is provided as an initial quick reference guide and should not be regarded as definitive.

This area of law is complex. Professional advice should be sought in every case. The Planning Group at CMS Cameron McKenna would be happy to assist – please contact Tony Kitson on 020 7367 3556.  

Notes on Changes of Use:

  1. Changes of use within a class, once the initial use has been initiated in accordance with permission, do not require planning permission, unless the proposed use is restricted by a condition attached to an applicable planning permission.
  2. The permitted developments described in the third column will not require express planning permission where the relevant requirements set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (GPDO) apply unless:
    • conditions attached to an applicable planning permission restrict the proposed change.
    • the Secretary of State or local planning authority have issued a direction restricting changes of use

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