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Sui Generis – for those locations which are unique in themselves

Planning Use Sui GenerisUse class Sui 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. Check out our changes of change of use table to see which sui generis use classes enjoy permitted development rights.

Note that certain locations have been added to Sui Generis as of 1st September 2020 (notably pubs, takeaways, venue for music and concert halls, cinemas, bingo and dance halls) 

(Also see Class B, Class C, Class E, Class F1 and Class F2)

They are as follows…..

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”

The list below is not a complete list – there will be many others – periodically we will add uses to this page. 

These include…
betting offices,
payday loan shops,
large houses in multiple occupation (seven or more),
‘Alkali work’ (any work registrable under the Alkali, etc. Works Regulation Act 1906 (as amended))
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,
police stations,
taxi businesses,
car hire locations,
amusement arcades and centres,
tattoo parlours
massage parlour
nail bar
landfill sites
motor sport arenas
fire arm range
postal sorting offices
public house, wine bar or drinking establishment (formerly use class A4)
drinking establishment with expanded food provision (formerly use class A4)
hot food takeaway where consumption is mainly away from the location of purchase (formerly use class A5)
venue for live music performance (formerly use class D2)
cinema (formerly use class D2)
concert hall (formerly use class D2)
bingo hall (formerly use class D2)
dance hall (formerly use class D2)

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 Class E, sub-paragraph (g) & B2 use as long as the section allocated to B2 is not substantially increased.


Page Updated:  19th November 2021

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