Planning permission for your business

Planning permission

Planning holds a balance between the need for new development and the need to protect the environment and tries to ensure all development is environmentally sustainable. Construction methods also need to comply with the Building Regulations for which there is a separate set of approvals.

There are also separate approvals governing the display of outdoor advertisements, developments affecting Listed Buildings and the demolition of unlisted buildings in Conservation areas.

Working from home

You do not usually need planning permission just to work from home but there are circumstances in which you do. You also need to consider possible implications concerning your mortgage or tenancy requirements, and concerning National Insurance or taxation. The best option is to seek advice from Planning Portal - the UK Government's online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.

Generally, the key test is whether the residence has changed because of the business. If the answer to any of the following questions is "yes", then you will probably need planning permission:

  • Is your house no longer chiefly a private residence?
  • Will your business result in a marked rise in traffic, people calling or working around the house or in out buildings?
  • Will your business involve obvious activities not usual in a residential street?
  • Will your business disturb your neighbours because of noise or smells?

For advice from our planning team, fill out our enquiry form or phone 020 8937 5210.