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Sui Generis – for those locations which are unique in themselves

Planning Use Sui GenerisSui Generis of the Use Classes Order 1987 (as amended) are all other locations which do not fit into one of the other categories, they are unique in themselves.  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 sui generis use classes enjoy permitted development rights.

They are as follows…..

(Also see Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D)

Sui Generis – Properties not fitting in any of the above categories / use classes. Meaning “of its (his, her, or their) own kind; in a class by itself; unique”

These include…
theatres,
betting offices,
payday loan shops,
funfairs,
large houses in multiple occupation (seven or more),
hostels providing no significant element of care,
scrap yards,
yard for the storage/distribution of minerals,
yard for the breaking of motor vehicles,
fuel stations,
shops selling and / or displaying motor vehicles,
retail warehouse clubs,
nightclubs,
launderettes,
dry cleaners,
police stations,
taxi businesses,
car hire locations,
amusement arcades and centres,
casinos,
tattoo parlours
Landfill sites
etc.

Important: To change from one sui generis use to another sui generis use requires planning permission.

Check out our changes of change of use table to see which sui generis 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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