You will need to check if the premises you are planning to use for your business have the correct planning permission. There may also be planning conditions on the premises, which for example could restrict opening hours. Please search Public Access to find the property’s existing planning permission.
Some properties can change to certain uses (such as a shop) without needing planning permission. In specific cases there may also be a two-year ‘temporary use’ which does not require planning permission. Please visit the Planning Portal (change of use) for more information.
Depending on what you want to do, you may also need to apply for planning permission or Building Control approval to install a new shopfront, install a new ventilation or extraction system, or display new advertisements.
If you need further advice, you can submit a ‘pre-application’ enquiry to the city council.
For general advice on planning and Building Control, please see the Planning Portal.