Do I need planning permission to start a business at home?
This is not a straightforward answer. The key test is whether the overall character of the dwelling will change as a result of the business. This will depend on a number of factors including the following:
- Will your home no longer be used mainly as a private residence?
- Will your business result in a marked rise in traffic or people calling?
- Will your business involve any activities unusual in a residential area
- Will your business disturb your neighbours at unreasonable hours or create other forms of nuisance such as noise or smells?
You should submit a preliminary enquiry by email to find out whether or not planning permission is required. The fee for this service can be found here. You should include details of the nature of the business, opening hours, no. of clients, parking arrangements, no. of staff, where the business would be run from and details of any extensions/alterations required.
Examples of businesses likely to need planning permission include:
- Dog grooming
- Dog/cat kennels
- Car repairs
- Car sales
- Hairdressing/beauty treatments
- Storage of materials associated with a business elsewhere
Please note that this list is not exhaustive.
Should you wish to formally confirm whether or not the business results in a change of use, you should apply for a Certificate of Lawful Use. Application forms and fees can be found on the Planning Portal website. You can also download forms from the Planning Portal website.
Further guidance on making an application and information needed to register an application can be found here.
Do I need planning permission?