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Commercial property law planning services

Before entering into building a commercial property, converting a structure into commercial premises, or modifying your current working space, you need to understand the legalities.

There are many laws, rules and regulations that you have to be aware of when it comes to property planning.  Our property solicitors are here to help you weigh up your options and make make sound legal decisions when it comes to property builds.

What do I need to consider when planning a commercial property build?

This depends on your individual circumstances, but you'll need to be aware of potential issues around things like planning applications and appeals, Section 106 legal agreements and community infrastructure levies, as defined by the The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010.

Our property solicitors can guide you through the legal planning and decision-making process.

Do I need planning permission for alterations I make to commercial premises?

If you own the building it’s unlikely you will need planning permission for minor changes to interiors. However, you may need it for more significant alterations.

It's always important to check with your local council first. All major alterations must conform to building regulations.

If you lease/rent the building be aware that some lease/rental agreements forbid alterations.  In some cases a landlord may be willing to share the costs of certain alterations with you, so that may be worth exploring.

What if I want to turn my home into a work space?

If you want to work at home you will only need planning permission to use it as premises if your work affects the surrounding area, or alters the way the building is used in a fundamental way.

How do I apply for planning permission?

You should seek planning permission from your local planning authority. You will be able to either download the appropriate forms online, or request/collect paper copies from them.

You will likely have to pay a fee when you submit the application - the fee will vary depending on the type of planning permission you wish to undertake.

I carried out major alterations without permission – is there a time limit on enforcement procedures?

The relevant authorities must take action within either four or 10 years. Exactly how long will depend on the nature of the breach.

How can First4Lawyers help with commercial property planning?

Professional legal advice is important before beginning the processes of building or modifying a commercial structure, or converting a building into commercial premises.

First4Lawyers can assign a property solicitor to help you get the legal aspects right and protect your interests.

We're available to offer expert advice at any stage of the planning process – just get in touch with one of our legal advisors to discuss your legal needs.

Why choose First4Lawyers?

  • Friendly, approachable service
  • Panel of expert solicitors 

  • Your case reviewed for free

  • You choose a convenient time for us to contact you

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