Planning Application for Change of Use

Who else wants Planning Permission for change of use?

Turning one of the many thousands of vacant or redundant properties in London into a profitable use is becoming very popular day by day.

If you want to join many thousands of landlords and leaseholders who change the use of their properties from one class to another, then you need to obtain planning permission first by submitting a planning application with change of use planning drawings and other mandatory and supporting documents.

By having had the experience of working very closely with the London councils, we know exactly what kind of restrictions may be imposed upon your application, and therefore the extent of the change of use planning drawings and documents we need to prepare and submit for the approval of the decision.

Our team of Change of Use Architects helped hundreds of landlords and leaseholders get planning permission for change of use. Now's your chance to join hundreds of people just like you.

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The list of the most common change of use planning applications we make in London.

Change of Use
Change of Use to A3 Use Food & Drink
Sale of food for consumption on the premises.

  • Cafés
  • Restaurants
  • Snack Bars
Change of Use to A4 Use Drinking Establishments
Sale of alcoholic drinks for consumption on the premises.

  • Pubs
  • Wine Bars (but not night clubs)
Change of Use to A5 Use Hot Food Takeaways
Sale of hot food for consumption off the premises.

  • Takeaways
Change of Use to B1 Business
Use which can be carried out in any residential area without detriment to the amenity of that area by reason of noise, vibration, smell, fumes, smoke, soot, ash, dust or grit.

  • Offices (other than a use within A2 Use Class)
  • Research and development of products or processes
  • Light Industry
Change of Use to C3 Dwelling Houses
Use as a dwelling house whether or not as a sole or main residence.

  • Dwelling house occupied by a single person or by people living together as a family.
  • Dwelling house occupied by not more than 6 residents living together as a single household.
Change of Use to C4 HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation)
Use as a house in multiple occupation.

  • Shared dwelling houses occupied by between three and six unrelated individuals, as their only or main residence, who share basic amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom.
Change of Use to D1 Non-Residential Institutions
Use not including a residential use.

  • Clinics & Health centres
  • Crèches, Day nurseries, Day centres
  • Museums, Public libraries, Art galleries, Exhibition Halls
  • Law court
  • Non-residential education & training centres
  • Places of worship, Religious instruction, Church halls
Change of Use to Sui Generis
Use on its own, where uses do not fall within the four main use classes.

  • Consulates & Embassies
  • Theatres & Nightclubs
  • Amusement Arcades
  • Launderettes
  • Petrol Filling Stations
  • Motor Car Showrooms
  • Taxi businesses
Change of Use


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