Use Classes Order 1987 – Quick Reference Guide

This document provides a quick reference guide for “The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987” (as amended). This document incorporates the Use Classes from the “UCO 1987 (Consolidated)” document and the permitted changes of use and temporary uses from Parts 3 and 4 of the “GPDO 1995 (Consolidated)” document:

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Statistics for the above document:

  • Last checked for updates: September 2014 (checked for updates on a monthly basis)
  • Based upon the UCO 1987 (Consolidated) document, which incorporates 12 SIs.
  • Based upon the GPDO 1995 (Consolidated) document, which incorporates 35 SIs.

Notes for the above document:

  • For the definitions of the Use Classes, the above document aims to remain as close as possible to the wording of the legislation (rather than paraphrasing this wording), and where parts of this wording have been omitted (for reasons of conciseness) this is indicated via the use of “…”.
  • For the permitted changes of use and temporary uses, it’s important to always check the legislation (e.g. via the links within the above document), as many of the Classes of the GPDO 1995 contain limitations and conditions which exclude certain types of buildings, or which set out various other restrictions, or which require an application for prior approval to be submitted to the local authority, etc.

How is the above document different from the other versions available online:

  • The above document is more up-to-date than many of the other versions of the UCO 1987 that are available online. For example, a review on 25/03/2013 of the first 10 versions that resulted from a search on Google for “Use Classes Order” found the following:
    - 40% of these other versions had not been updated with Use Class C4 (introduced 3 years earlier in April 2010 by SI 2010 No. 653).
    - 70% of these other versions had not been updated with the permitted change of use from C3 to C4 (introduced 2 1/2 years earlier in October 2010 by SI 2010 No. 2134).
    - 90% of these other versions had not been updated with the permitted change of use from A1 to A1 & up to 2 flats (introduced 6 months earlier in October 2012 by SI 2012 No. 2257).
  • The above document contains more references than many of the other versions of the UCO 1987 that are available online. For example, for each sentence in the UCO 1987 that has been amended since the original version, the above document provides a link to the amendment Statutory Instrument, enabling the user to view the actual legislation.
  • The above document includes a flowchart that illustrates the interactions between the Use Classes.

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