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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Planning - Business

Use Classes


If you require advice before submitting your formal planning application please contact us .

A1 Shops

  • shops, post offices, travel and ticket agencies, sandwich shops
  • hairdressers, funeral directors, domestic hire shops, dry cleaners, internet cafes

A2 Financial and professional services

  • professional and financial services (other than health or medical services), betting shops
  • banks, building societies, estate and employment agencies

A3 Restaurants and Cafes

  • Sale of food and drink for consumption on the premises

A4 Drinking Establishments

  • Public houses, wine bars or other drinking establishments

A5 Hot Food Takeaways

  • Sale of hot food for consumption off the premises

Sui Generis

Retail warehouse clubs, shops selling and/or displaying motor vehicles, launderettes, taxi or vehicle hire businesses, amusement centres, petrol filling stations.

B1 Business

  • Offices not within A2
  • Research and development, studios, laboratories, high tech
  • light industry

B2 General industrial

B8 Storage and distribution

  • wholesale warehouse, distribution centres, repositories

Sui Generis

Any work registrable under the Alkali, etc. Works Regulation Act, 1906

C1 Hotels

  • hotels, boarding and guest houses

C2 Residential institutions

  • residential schools and colleges
  • hospitals and convalescent/nursing homes

C3 Dwellinghouses

  • dwellings, small businesses at home, communal housing of elderly and handicapped

Sui Generis


D1 Non-residential institutions

  • places of worship, church halls
  • clinics, health centres, creches, day nurseries, consulting rooms
  • museums, public halls, libraries, art galleries, exhibition halls
  • non-residential education and training centres

D2 Assembly and leisure

  • cinemas, music and concert halls
  • dance, sports halls, swimming baths, skating rinks, gymnasiums
  • other indoor and outdoor sports and leisure uses, bingo halls, casinos

Sui Generis