Advice on concrete garage conversion please

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    Advice on concrete garage conversion please

    Hi, I am new to this forum, I hope you can offer some advice.
    My tenant has asked me for permission to convert the concrete garage into a studio for her photography business. I am considering letting them do this but I just wanted to make sure that everything would be above board and legal. Would I need to ask council for planning permission or could they convert it without it?
    Thank you.

    #2
    Garage conversions normally require planning permission. This is also a partial change of use, which I think would also require permission. You can usually ask this sort of question of the planning department.

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      #3
      It sounds like the property will be used to run a business, which is likely to be a change of use.

      It will probably require planning permission if it changes how the building looks from the outside, which affect the character of the area.

      You don't want a tenant doing (or arranging) any kind of work on your property. It's your property, not theirs.

      What are you going to do with a photographic studio when you're looking for a new tenant?

      If they want a property with a studio, they should find one and rent it.
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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        #4
        If they are going to be taking portraits there, it will be difficult to get planning permission if the area is essentially residential, because of the number of visitors.

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          #5
          Thank you for your replies.
          So, if I went ahead with it, I would call my local council planning department.
          I will have a good think about it as it would be change to the garage completely with electrics, flooring and french doors put in too.
          I have had couple of bad tenants before and the tenants I have now have been great for the last 3 years, that's why I was considering it.
          ​​​​​​​Thanks again.

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            #6
            It may also need an EPC

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              #7
              And if they get cowboys in to do the conversion...

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