Change of Use

Article 10(6)(a) of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) permits owners of empty commercial properties to convert their properties into apartments without having to seek planning permission

  1. The structure must have been completed prior to the adoption of the Regulations.

  2. The relevant commercial uses that can be changed to residential are the uses listed in Classes 1,2, 3 and 6 of the Planning Regulations. These include a shop, financial service, professional service, a service that is principally provided to visiting members of the public, office, guest house and hostel.

  3. The structure must have previously used for one of the uses outlined in Classes 1, 2, 3 and 6.

  4. The structure concerned must have been vacant for a period of 2 years or more immediately prior to the commencement of development.

  5. Any related works shall affect only the interior of the structure and shall not materially affect the external appearance of the structure so as to render its appearance inconsistent with the character of the structure or of neighbouring structures.

  6. Any related works for the alteration of existing ground floor shop fronts shall be consistent with fenestration details and architectural and streetscape character of the remainder of the structure of neighbouring structures.

  7. The development cannot conflict with an objective of the Development Plan.

  8. The exemption only applies to structures with 9 No. units or less.

  9. The residential units shall comply with the Apartment Guidelines.

  10. Habitable rooms shall have adequate natural lighting.

  11. A Declaration is required for works relating to a Protected Structure before the exemption can be enacted.

  12. The development shall not contravene a condition of a permission.

  13.  There are further restrictions relating to Article 9, SAAOs, SPCs and sites in proximity to Seveso sites.

The landowner must notify the Planning Authority of the proposed works at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement of development.

Register of Change of Use

Download the 2020 Register of Change of Use (PDF, 432kb)

Download the 2019 Register of Change of Use (PDF, 50kb)

Download the 2018 Register of Change of Use (PDF, 48kb)