“I live in a very small town and now that I’ve closed down my studio, I’m working at home.” – Sergio Aragones
In another article we talked about working from home and the considerations that need to be taken before deciding if it is the right place for your business.
If you have decided or are seriously considering working from home it is worth noting that some businesses run from home will require you to get planning permission from your local council. There are several reasons as to why your business will need planning permission.
- No longer prominently a private home – if your home will be used as a workplace for staff, like an events management company where your sales team are based at your home, you will need to check with your local council to see if planning permission is required
- Traffic or people visiting increase – if running your business from home will increase the level of traffic on your street or the number of people visiting your home, maybe you’re holding meetings with multiple people on a regular basis, then you will need to check with your local council to see if planning permission is required
- Unusual for your street – if your business an is unusual activity for your street, hair salon for example on a private residential street would be unusual, then you will need to check with your local council to see if planning permission is required
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- Disturbing the neighbourhood – if your business will create disturbances at unreasonable times or create nuisance noises or smells like a building yard or animal farm, you will need to check with your local council to see if planning permission is required
When it comes to planning advice it is always worth speaking to an expert because you will need to get it right the first time. Don’t let the thought of planning permission put you off investigating your options, in some cases they might advise that planning is not required or alternatively if you don’t think you need planning permission it is still worth asking an expert to have the reassurances.
The short time it will take you to speak to an expert will save you time in the future.
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