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Commercial property usage

Our commercial property solicitors are often asked about commercial property usage by clients. Here we answer your most pressing questions about commercial property use classes. Changing the usage, and whether you can live in a commercial property.

Commercial property use classes

Commercial property use classes are categories of property usage. For example, A1 classification means the property can be used as a shop and so on – as seen in the table below.

Here’s a list of all the commercial property use classes under the current legislation:

A1 – shopsB1 – BusinessesC1 – HotelsD1 – Non-residential institutions
A2 – Financial and professional servicesB2 – General industrialC2 – Residential institutionsD2 – Assembly & leisure
A3 – Restaurants and cafesB3 – B7 – special industrial group A-EC2A – Secure residential institutionsSui Generis – uses that don’t fall in other categories
A4 – Drinking establishmentsB8 – Storage and distributionC3 – Dwelling houses 
A5 – Hot food takeaways C4 – Houses in multiple occupation 

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