Planning permission is needed for new and replacement shop fronts which differ significantly from the original. Additions to a shop front including blinds, canopies and external shutters will also require planning permission.
Making an application - planning
There are many planning considerations you need to take into account when replacing or altering a shop front, especially as the quality of a shop front can contribute significantly to the success of a shop.
You are advised to contact us if you are at all unsure whether or not your proposal will require planning permission.
If the building that the shop is operating from is listed, you should contact a member of the Historic Environment Team for advice prior to submitting an application.
Is my building or site listed?
You will not require building permission if you merely wish to carry out routine maintenance, such as replacing broken glass or redecorating an existing shop front.
You will however require building approval for any work involving the replacement of a shop front, or any part of it, such as a window or door.
The principal areas of concern are:
- maintenance of the fire exits
- ensuring access for disabled persons
- provision of adequate ventilation
Making an application - building