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How do councils zone the usage of existing commercial properties?

  • 15-10-2021 4:12pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2,203 ✭✭✭ techguy

    So guys,

    I'm looking at a commercial unit (read: shed), which could be useful to me.

    Question is how can I found out what it can be legally used for?

    In the UK there is various designations for permitted use on properties, for example, B1 is light industrial which would cover most types of workshops, garages etc..

    Do these designations exist in Ireland. If I bought a unit that has been used for storage in the past, and then started opening up as a garage to customers, would there be an issue.

    Is a call to the local council any use?

    Where does the law sit on this?

    Thanks a lot guys.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,709 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011

    Two issues here:

    1: Zoning usage varies council by council. Check the Local Area Plan, if its outside an LAP area check the county dev plan.

    2: You will probably need change of use permission regardless,

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,203 ✭✭✭ techguy

    Thanks L1011

    So that's ultimately my question.

    You say I would need to apply for change of use. What are the different uses?

    Is there a list... because like I say in the UK there are specific designations. Does something like that exist in Ireland.