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What does having an A4 drinking establishment mean?

This comprises use as a public house, wine bar or other drinking establishment.

A4 premises have the following permitted development rights:

  • change of use to A1 (shops), A2 (financial and professional services) or A3 (food and drink). These rights do not apply if the building is listed as an asset of community value or has been nominated to be one. If the building is not listed the planning department must be notified at least 56 days before the development takes place, so the planning authority can inform the developer if it is subsequently nominated, and the change of use should be carried out within a year
  • up to 150 sq metres change of use to A1, A2, A3 or B1 for a temporary two-year period. Your planning authority or a planning consultant should be able to advise you on the procedures to be followed to take advantage of this provision
  • Some hardstandings may not require planning permission. Your Planning Department or a planning consultant should be able to advise on this provision.
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