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    Last edited by Noodlefish; 17-04-2014, 03:44 AM.
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    I think this is nonsense.....!!!!

    The only reason you'd have to have planning permission would be or a change of use - and that would be more likely to be about people visiting (customers) and you operating a retail premises.

    I found this which is about Business rates but I think it probably applies:


    If you have a desk in the corner of your dining room and work alone, you will not have to worry. If, however, you have people coming to the house on a regular basis then you may be business rated. Other instances include those using a garage specifically for business, those who put a sign up outside, or those who have a dedicated space within the house for work. That sounds like a lot of us but if the space is not wholly commercial, then it can not attract business rates. For example, if you use your garage as an office but also store your household tools there or a lawnmower in the corner. Or if you have an office at home but it also houses the main household telephone and other people use it as living space.

    and this which is more specifically about planning permission:

    The Planning Restrictions that Apply to Operating a Business From your Home


    Working From Home
    If you intend to work from home you will require planning permission to do so if the overall character of your house changes from the primary and predominant use as a dwelling house. Instances where this would occur include a use that attracts a marked rise in traffic or people calling, a use that involves activities unusual in a residential area or a use that could disturb your neighbours.

    However, many businesses can exist invisibly within houses or in outbuildings in the garden without any formal change of use ocurring in planning terms. More information on working from home is provided in the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) booklet;

    http://www.communities.gov.uk/docume...pdf/143801.pdf

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    • #3
      Have never heard of this, I rang our council Hampshire and they said they did not want to know, unless I was opening up like Sainsbury's, as I seldom have visitors not a problem, but I would be entitled to have the odd open day, they also actively support the Open Studios 2 weeks in August, so cannot complain about me working from home.

      change of use I think would mean if you are employing people or running workshops for the public, working from home is totally different. What about all the people who work for large organisations and work from home.

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      • #4
        I have never heard of this either , when i told my local council what i was planning to do all they wanted to know was if lots of people would be calling at my home and things like that after that they haven't been interested !!
        I would contact your local business link and ask them for advice .
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        • #5
          I haven't come across it either if you aren't having regular customers into your home.

          My OH also runs a business from home, and does have the occasional customer pop in, but the council weren't interested in change of use as it was only going to be the odd person.

          The people over the road on the other hand have about 15 to 20 customers per day - they run a chiropady (SP?) clinic from their home, and I believe they have had to register a change of use with the council. I hope so anyway, the parking problems they cause in a small cul-de-sac are terrible!!!

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          • #6
            Thats a relief! These people dont half know how to worry you! panic over, just enjoy what your doing now and Good Luck
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            • #7
              Shouldn't be a problem!

              I work (primarily) from home, and because I do so in a dedicated space, I took the time to check out any relevant restrictions in both our mortgage, and the tenancy agreement for the leasehold.

              Essentially both state that you must declare "Any activities which fundamentally change the nature of the property or the manner in which it is used".

              Not terribly helpful, but a reasonable interpretation is exactly as other posters have given - if you have lots of visitors, operate a retail outlet, or put up big signs - someone could argue you are changing the nature or mode of usage of the property.

              If you sit inside and work - you don't need to do anything, especially not planning permission! It's your concern - noone elses.

              On the other hand, if you are storing lots of stock, you may need to make a special declaration on any insurance which covers it, as I would not anticipate it being covered by default under home contents..!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by autumn rose View Post
                Thats a relief! These people dont half know how to worry you! panic over, just enjoy what your doing now and Good Luck

                Sorry I haven't replied sooner to this thread.


                Thanks for the best wishes
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by matt.chatterley View Post
                  Shouldn't be a problem!

                  I work (primarily) from home, and because I do so in a dedicated space, I took the time to check out any relevant restrictions in both our mortgage, and the tenancy agreement for the leasehold.

                  Essentially both state that you must declare "Any activities which fundamentally change the nature of the property or the manner in which it is used".

                  Not terribly helpful, but a reasonable interpretation is exactly as other posters have given - if you have lots of visitors, operate a retail outlet, or put up big signs - someone could argue you are changing the nature or mode of usage of the property.

                  If you sit inside and work - you don't need to do anything, especially not planning permission! It's your concern - noone elses.

                  On the other hand, if you are storing lots of stock, you may need to make a special declaration on any insurance which covers it, as I would not anticipate it being covered by default under home contents..!

                  Hi there,

                  Thanks for the advice.

                  All is now okay re: Planning permission, morgage agreement and home ins.

                  Just woman at the planning office scaring the heck out of me. Tsk!!!
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