What is allowed
Sui-Generis (latin for of its/his/her/their own kind, in a class by itself) describes a number of uses which do not fit within a prescribed use class. These uses include:
- amusement arcades/centres or funfairs,
- fuel stations,
- hiring, selling and/or displaying motor vehicles,
- taxi businesses,
- scrap yards,
- or a yard for the storage/distribution of minerals and/or the breaking of motor vehicles,
- ‘Alkali work’ (any work register-able under the Alkali, etc. Works Regulation Act 1906 (as amended)),
- hostels (providing no significant element of care),
- waste disposal,
- installations for the incineration, chemical treatment or landfill of hazardous waste,
- retail warehouse clubs,
- betting offices/shops,
- pay day loan shops,
- public houses,
- wine bars or other drinking establishments,
- hot food takeaways,
- music and concert halls,
- bingo and
- dance halls.
Where can I use it
Sui-generis uses always have specific end users in mind. It is more likely that developers will seek to move away from a sui-generis use that change use into one.
What is not allowed
A Material Change of Use, that is not subject to a Permitted Development Allowance already in place, to any other use class requires planning permission and may be subject to local policy restrictions.
Permitted Development into and opt of Sui-Generis
There are a number of different rights pertaining to specific sui-generis uses. details of which can be found in this knowledge base.
How do I use the allowance
Planning permission is required to change use within the sui-generis bracket from one use to another as they are all unique.