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Using commercial premises for retail or professional services purposes

Premises used for Shops and Professional Services in Wales

Shops – use class A1

Use of commercial premises as a shop comes within use class A1 of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended). Use class A1 covers a variety of retail uses, the most common being for the retail sale of goods other than hot food. However, other uses come within use class A1 too. These include use:

• as a post office

• for the sale of tickets or as a travel agency

• for the sale of sandwiches or other cold food for consumption off the premises

• for hairdressing;

• for the direction of funerals;

• for the display of goods for sale;

• for the hiring out of domestic or personal goods or articles;

• for the reception of goods to be washed, cleaned or repaired;

• where the sale, display or service is to visiting members of the public; or

• as an internet café, where the primary purpose of the premises is to provide facilities for enabling members of the public to access the internet.

Financial and professional services – use class A2

Use class A2 covers premises where financial and professional services are provided to visiting members of the public. Examples include banks, estate agents and solicitors.

Can I change the permitted use?

Certain changes of use of class A1 premises do not require planning permission (subject to certain conditions being complied with). Please refer to https://www.planningportal.co.uk/wales_en/ or consult your local authority for further information.

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