Premises used for Shops and Professional Services in England
From 1 September 2020, premises previously in use classes A1 and A2 in
England will fall within a new class E use. A further new class, class
F2(a), will cover small shops.
Shops – use class E(a) or F2(A)
Use of commercial premises as a shop in England will usually fall within
use class E(a) of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987
(as amended) which covers use of premises for the display or retail sale of
goods, other than hot food, to visiting members of the public.
However, there is a further use class, class F2(a), for shops selling
essential goods, including food, to visiting members of the public where
(i) the area of the premises is less than 280 metres square and (ii) there
is no other such facility within 1km. Class F2 is the “local community”
class which is designed to protect community assets by preventing changes
Financial and professional services – use class E(c)
Use class E(c) 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 E and F premises do not require planning
permission (subject to certain conditions being complied with). Please
or consult your local authority for further information.