Planning for businesses

The Planning Portal provides important information about the planning process for businesses and professionals who represent them.

Most commercial developments require planning permission, especially if it involves:

  • building
  • engineering
  • mining
  • changing the use of land or buildings.

As well as potentially requiring planning permission, you may also require building regulation approval.

Certain types of minor changes are permitted without needing to apply for planning permission. For more information, visit the Planning Portal website.

Working from home

If your business will be based at your home address it's important to find out whether you'll need planning permission.

You do not necessarily need planning permission to work from home. However the key test is whether the overall character of the dwelling will change as a result of the business.

You can find information about whether you need permission on the Planning Portal website.