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Working From Home

Information on Working from Home

Some commercial activities can be carried out at home without the need for planning permission.

However, where such activities result in a change in the character of the residential property there is said to be a "material" change of use, which needs planning permission.

A "material" change of use requiring planning permission occurs when there has been a significant change in the use of a property, resulting in a change in the character of the use of the land or buildings.

This is a subjective assessment made by the local planning authority (Kettering Borough Council) in each individual case.

A change in character largely depends on the scale, nature, frequency and effects of the operations of the commercial activity in relation to the size of the unit of occupation in which it takes place.

Such a change can sometimes be apparent, for example, such things as an increase in vehicular movements to and from the property, or an increase in noise intrusion to adjacent residents, or other types of impact on local amenity.It is important to bear in mind that many business/commercial activities started from home outgrow their minor use status as the business becomes more successful, and the planning status of the premises may change accordingly.


For an informal discussion about your proposals, please contact the Duty Planning Officer by email at planning@kettering.gov.uk or by telephone on 01536 534316.

Alternatively, if you want informal advice about the likelihood of your proposal gaining planning permission please use our pre-application advice service.

Last updated: 09/02/2017

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