My building shop
Building my workshop (full build, 1 hr) | woodworking
The planning system distinguishes between the various uses of buildings and classifies them accordingly. In most cases, planning permission is necessary to shift a building’s use from one class to another, while approved development rights do enable certain uses to change without requiring planning permission in some cases. For more information, visit our Change of Use pages.
The majority of local councils have designated shopping or commercial areas where shops and other commercial uses are encouraged in their planning policies. Outside of these areas, obtaining permission for a retail use, particularly in an area that is otherwise entirely residential, is likely to be extremely difficult.
The regulations describe turning a home into a shop as a’material change of use,’ and they specify the specifications that the house, or the related part of the building, must meet as a result of that change of use.
A look at my old shop building – shop tour
If this is a new shop unit as part of a mixed-use development or an existing shop that requires renovation or refurbishment, the majority of the related work would almost certainly need Building Regulations approval.
Any work that includes installing or making material improvements to managed facilities or fittings, such as drainage, plumbing, boilers, air conditioning, or electrics, modifying the use of a building, insulating or underpinning the building, or any structural work, requires authorization.
Are you tearing down load-bearing walls to make way for a new layout? The new lintel and bearings would require structural design and fire resistance, and foundations will need to be tested for suitability.
Are you removing doors (or non-load bearing walls) between rooms, particularly those that lead to a staircase? This will impact escape routes, and additional safeguards in other areas of the building, such as escape windows, interconnected smoke and heat detection, and improved fire resistance, will be required. The same may be said for the construction of new internal walls.
Building a dream shop! from dirt to finished building
Building my dream shop
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Building my shop walls! | basic framing and drywall
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