Planning permission may not be required for a householder to run a business from home, providing it does not change the overall character of the property as a residence.
It is usually a matter of judgement as to whether the nature and extent of the activity is so significant that it constitutes a material change of use and it is recommended that you always contact the Council in the first instance before setting up a business from your home. However, some important questions to bear in mind are:
If you can answer ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, it is possible that your business will require planning permission and you should contact the Council for advice before proceeding further.
In addition, if you decide to put up a building in your garden for the purposes of carrying out your business then that building will probably require planning permission as well. You may also need to tell our Council Tax section about your business, and if you are a tenant in your property you should check with your landlord that you have their permission.
If you are in doubt, please contact us below or visit Planning applications.
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