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Use Class E: Regulations and Licensing for Commercial Properties

Are you a commercial property owner or investor looking to streamline the process of determining permitted uses for your property? Look only to the Use Class E Order enacted in September 2020. This article delves into the regulations and licensing requirements associated with the Use Class E Order.

22 April 2024
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Eugene Kim

The Use Class E Order combines several previously separate use classes, including retail, financial services, restaurants, offices, and more. The aim is to simplify and modernise the planning system, allowing for more flexibility in the use of commercial properties.

Understanding the Use Class E Order is essential for anyone involved in commercial property to ensure compliance and avoid unnecessary restrictions or penalties. We explore the key features of this new system, including permitted changes of use, licensing requirements, and potential implications for property owners.

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Licensing and permits for Use Class E

While the Use Class E Order provides more flexibility in the use of commercial properties, it’s essential to understand that property owners still need to comply with licensing and permit requirements. Depending on the property’s specific use, additional licenses and permits may be required to ensure compliance with relevant regulations.

For example, a food hygiene certificate may be required if the property is used for a restaurant or café. Similarly, if the property is used for financial services, the owner may need to obtain a license from the appropriate regulatory authority. Property owners must research and understand the licensing requirements for their chosen use to avoid legal issues or penalties.

In addition to licensing requirements, property owners must consider other factors such as health and safety regulations, building regulations, and fire safety requirements. These regulations ensure that commercial properties are safe and suitable for their intended use. Property owners should consult with relevant authorities and professionals to comply with all applicable laws.

Use Class E Order regulations and requirements

The Use Class E Order introduces several regulations and requirements that property owners must know. These regulations govern the change of use for commercial properties and ensure that any modifications comply with the permitted uses outlined in the Class E use class.

Under the Use Class E Order, property owners can change their premises’ use within the same class without planning permission. For example, a property classified under Class E can be changed from a retail store to an office or a restaurant without obtaining planning permission. This gives property owners greater flexibility and reduces the bureaucratic processes involved in making changes to commercial properties.

However, it’s important to note that there are still restrictions and limitations within the Class E use class. For instance, changes from Class E to residential use require planning permission. Some local authorities may also have specific policies restricting certain changes within the Class E use class. Property owners should always check with the local planning authority to ensure compliance with any additional requirements.

Use Class E Order: Compliance Essentials

Property owners and investors must know some fundamental essentials to ensure compliance with the Use Class E Order. These essentials will help them navigate the new regulations and requirements of the Class E use class.

First and foremost, property owners should carefully review the specific use class assigned to their property under the Use Class E Order. This will determine the permitted uses for the property and any potential restrictions or limitations. Property owners should also familiarise themselves with local policies or guidelines affecting their property, which can vary between local planning authorities.

Another critical compliance aspect is understanding the licensing and permit requirements for the property’s chosen use. As mentioned earlier, different uses may require specific licenses or permits, and property owners must obtain all necessary approvals before commencing operations.

It is also crucial to regularly review and update the status of licenses, permits, and compliance with regulations to avoid penalties or legal issues. Property owners should establish a system to monitor and manage compliance obligations and seek professional advice when needed.

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Eugene Kim

Eugene Kim, Founder and Managing Director of Extension Architecture, has led the firm for over 14 years, consistently delivering quality solutions. His dedication has been key to the company's growth and success.

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