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Part B – businesses which primarily serve people

Planning Use Class BPart B of the Use Classes Order 1987 (as amended) are generally business that serve people either as offices, factories, storage etc..  Note that the list on this page might alter from the original order as some subclasses have been removed and others added. This page is correct as of 29th May 2020. Check out our changes of change of use table to see which Class B use classes enjoy permitted development rights.

They are as follows…..

(Also see Part A, Part C, Part D and Sui Generis)


Class B1. – Business
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a) as an office other than a use within class A2 (financial and professional services),
b) for research and development of products or processes, or
c) for any industrial process

Class B2 – General industrial – Use for the carrying on of an industrial process other than one falling within class B1 above.

Class B8 – Storage or distribution – Use for storage or as a distribution centre.

Check out our changes of change of use table to see which Class B use classes enjoy permitted development rights.

Where a property is in two use classes – then it will be classed as sui generis. The one exception is a building with B1 & B2 use as long as the section allocated to B2 is not substantially increased.

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