Get planning permission for your business

Many types of building work will require planning permission. This is required for anything which results in an extension to buildings or site.

It can also apply if you are wanting to use your premises for extra or alternative activities to its current uses. Some other examples may include a change to the use of the land or putting up adverts to promote your business.

How councils can help with planning permission

It is recommended that you contact your local council’s planning service before you submit a planning application to build, extend or convert a property to suit the needs of your business.

Pre-application advice can help identify any problems with your scheme before plans are submitted. This advice also may give an indication of the likely outcome of your planning application.

The planning rules do vary from area to area, so it is important you contact the council where your premises is located.

What they offer:

  • advice on whether a planning application is necessary;
  • checks on the permitted use of a premises;
  • assistance in finding if existing planning permissions have conditions attached to them which may restrict their use;
  • advice when you are considering constructing new building(s), extensions to existing buildings, or changes to use of land or buildings;
  • information to help businesses negotiate the planning process;
  • consultation on planning applications with other statutory or non-statutory bodies;
  • help with planning problems.

Where you can go for support

Contact the local council where your business is located:

City of York Council: West Offices building, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA. Phone: 01904 551553. Email:

North Yorkshire Council: County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton, DL7 8AD. Phone: 0300 131 2131.


If you want information on how to appeal against a planning decision, the GOV.UK website can provide helpful advice.

If you need additional support or want to discuss your planning application further, get in touch and our team will be able to point you in the right direction.

Contact us to learn more about support available to businesses in York and North Yorkshire with York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub.