With the development of communications technology, opportunities for home working can be expected to increase.
The established planning principle of ancillary (or incidental) uses recognises that new activities may be started in a building or within its curtilage without any further need for permission, provided they remain ancillary to the main use, in this case residential.
Many small business and other non residential uses are started by people working in their own homes. Permission is not usually required where the use of part of a dwelling/house for business purposes does not change the overall character of the property's use as a single dwelling.
Whether a change of use of a dwelling is taking place, and hence whether planning permission is required, is a matter of fact and degree of any proposal. However, if the following guidelines are adhered to, it is likely that planning permission would not be required:
Please see the Planning Portal for more information.
If you require written advice as to whether planning permission is required it will be necessary to submit views in writing to the address below or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This page was last updated on 13 January 2017