Commercial Permitted Development Rights
Commercial properties have different permitted development rights to residential and agricultural properties. These rights allow the conversion of office buildings to residential use, more flexible uses for shops, offices, and residential institutions and the erection, extension or alteration of an industrial building or warehouse subject to certain limits and conditions.
The majority of local authorities have designated shopping or commercial areas within their planning policies where shops and other commercial uses are encouraged. The use of permitted development rights can overcome standard planning policies if they are available to you.
Our Commercial Permitted Development Rights guidance provides a simple summary of the complex rules relating to commercial permitted development rights. It is an introductory guide only and is not a definitive source of legal information.
The rights are complex in their application and subject to considerable exemptions and caveats and therefore anyone wishing to exercise their permitted development rights, or think that they may apply to their premises, should contact us for site specific advice before commencing any works.