Sui Generis – for those locations which are unique in themselves
Use 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. This page is correct as of 28th July 2020. 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) – until 31st July these locations will be treated as the former use class use for the purposes of the GPDO)
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”
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,
yard for the storage/distribution of minerals,
yard for the breaking of motor vehicles,
shops selling and / or displaying motor vehicles,
retail warehouse clubs,
car hire locations,
amusement arcades and centres,
motor sport arenas
fire arm range
public house, wine bar or drinking establishment (formally use class A4)
drinking establishment with expanded food provision (formally use class A4)
hot food takeaway where consumption is mainly away from the location of purchase (formally use class A5)
venue for live music performance (formally use class D2)
cinema (formally use class D2)
concert hall (formally use class D2)
bingo hall (formally use class D2)
dance hall (formally 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) (or B1 prior to September 1st 2020) & B2 use as long as the section allocated to B2 is not substantially increased.