Businesses: Change of use
In many cases, a change of use of a building or land does not require planning permission.
Planning permission is not required when both the present and proposed uses fall within the same use class as set out in the Planning (Use Classes) Order (Northern Ireland) 2004.
For example, a change of use from a greengrocers to a shoe shop does not require planning permission.
In some instances it is possible to change between use classes without making a planning application.
Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Planning (General Development) Order (NI) 1993 provides permitted development rights for certain changes of use.
Before you negotiate a lease or buy a property, it may be advisable to consider whether you need to obtain planning permission for your intended use and, if so, your chances of getting it.