Planning permission for businesses is usually granted in line with the development plan for the area which will include policies relating to commercial and industrial development.
Advertising signs may need permission as may anything that disturbs land, for example, installation of outside plant or the tipping of refuse.
Business uses in residential property
If you want to run a business from your home or if you wish to use for business purposes one or more rooms in your house, garage, outbuilding or the grounds surrounding your home, then we have prepared a guidance leaflet (.pdf, 23Kb) to advise you about the need for planning permission.
Change of use
In many cases, a change of use of a building or land does not require planning permission. For example, a greengrocer’s can be changed to a shoe shop without permission. Planning permission is not required when both the present and proposed uses fall within the same "class" as defined in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 as amended.
It is also possible to change use between some classes without making an application. Before you negotiate a lease or buy a property, it may be advisable to consider whether you need to obtain planning permission for your intended use and, if so, your chances of getting it.
You must also check to see if your development needs Building Regulations approval.