‘Office-to-Resi’ Permitted Development Exclusion Zone

As of 30 May 2013, the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order has been amended to introduce a new permitted development right which allows offices (Use Class B1 (a)) to be converted into residential (Use Class C3) without the need for planning permission.

The new permitted development right applies across England, however, 17 Local Authorities were granted “exemption zones” where the permitted development right does not apply.

These are shown in green.

You should note that the local planning authority may have removed some permitted development rights by issuing an ‘Article 4’ direction. This will mean that you have to submit a planning application for work which normally does not need one. These areas do not appear on this map.

Article 4 directions are made when the character of an area of acknowledged importance would be threatened. They are most common in conservation areas and have increasingly been used to remove the permitted development right which allows the office-to-residential change of use. The LPA will be able to provide information on whether on or not your site is covered by an Article 4 direction – or you can instruct Quod to do so. Contact us on hello@quod.com