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Changes of use

Residential Care Home - Class 1

The permissible changes of use to or from a dwelling house, are set down in Schedule 3 of the Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development) Order 2012. See downloadable documents.

Permitted development only allows a change in use to or from a dwelling house.

However, please note that where a property is entered on the Department of Infrastructure's Protected Buildings Register, and an internal change is intended, an application for registered building consent will be required. 

A change of use within this class is not permitted if the building in question:

  1. has more than 5 bedrooms, or
  2. is in an area zoned on the development plan as being an area zoned for industrial, retail or business use, or
  3. there would be more than 5 persons receiving care.

A residential care home is defined as:

  1. that definition set out in Section 1(1)(a) of the Nursing and Residential Homes Act 1988, or
  2. any residential provision of care by or on behalf of the Department of Social Care in accordance with their powers under the Children and Young Persons Act 2001.

Guest House - Class 2

The permissible changes of use to or from a dwelling house, are set down in Schedule 3 of the Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development) Order 2012. See downloadable documents.

Permitted Development allows that you can change the use of a guest house to dwelling without planning permission provided that the property is not entered on the Departments Protected Buildings Register and that the guest house is not in an area which is indicated in a development plan as an area of predominantly residential use.

Taking in guests - Class 3

The permissible changes of use to or from a dwelling house, are set down in Schedule 3 of the Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development) Order 2012. See downloadable documents.

Permitted Development allows that you can change the use to or from a dwelling house, to the combined use as a dwelling house/guest house, where the property is not entered on the Departments Protected Buildings Register and provided that no more than 3 bedrooms in the building are used by guests.

Two or more flats as a single dwelling house - Class 4

The permissible changes of use to or from a dwelling house, are set down in Schedule 3 of the Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development) Order 2012. See downloadable documents.

Permitted Development only allows the change of a building from use as 2 or more dwellings to use as a single dwelling house.

However, please note that where a property is entered on the Departments Protected Buildings Register, and an internal change is intended, an application for Registered Building consent will be required. 

Working from home - Class 5

The permissible changes of use to or from a dwelling house, are set down in Schedule 3 of the Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development) Order 2012. See downloadable documents.

Permitted Development allows a dwelling, which is not entered on the Departments Registered Building Register, to have the combined use as a dwelling and office by the householder, for conducting business.  This is with the exception of where the business involves persons, other than the householder, working in or calling at the building. Also, on condition that no sign advertising the business or indicating its nature is placed on the exterior, or within the curtilage, of the building or otherwise so as to be visible from outside the building.

If the dwelling is entered on the Department Register please contact the Department Conservation Officer.

Childminding - Class 6

Permitted Development allows the change of use of a building from use as a dwelling to combined use as a dwelling with childminding by the householder as a child-minder on condition that:

  1. no more than 6 children (including children of the householder) are looked after at any time.

  2. no sign advertising the activity as a childminder or indicating its nature may be placed on the exterior, or within the curtilage of the building or otherwise so as to be visible from outside the building.

In this Class 'childminder' shall be construed in accordance with section 63 of the Children and Young Persons Act 2001.

Where the property is entered on the Departments Protected Buildings Register, advice must be sought from the Department’s Conservation Officer.

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