Understanding the Uses of D1 and D2 Property

When it comes to buying or selling property, it is essential that what you are after meets the correct classification. There are many different types of property classification, from A1 to D2. Many people can easily become confused between D1 and D2 commercial property. Here we detail the difference between the two and the importance of knowing which is which, whether purchasing or selling such property.

Importance of Classification

Classifications for properties are often defined by local authorities, meaning that certain buildings can only be used for specific activities. For example, properties that are defined as Class A3 can only be used to sell food and drink and no other purpose. This means that local governments and councils can implement their plans for towns and cities by determining what types of buildings can go where.

If in a residential area there is a problem with a lot of on street parking from workers, they may want to prevent more offices appearing in that area. This could be done by classifying other buildings not with a B1 classification (business use) being built, so that no more offices can appear in the area.

D1 – Non-residential

Two commercial property classifications which are similar are that of D1 and D2 buildings. When planning to buy D1 and D2 property with DeVono, it is vital that you get the right classification for the intended use of the building.

D1 class refers to non-residential institutions. This includes buildings being used for medical and health services, as a nursery, to display art, providing education, as a library, public hall or for public religious worship. It can get a bit more complicated with restricted D1 use. These can either restrict the building for that specific use (such as it being restricted only for medical use) or restricting against, so it cannot be used to display art, for example.

D2 – Assembly and Leisure

Properties that are defined as D2 class cover those used for assembly and leisure. This includes the likes of a cinema, concert, bingo or dance hall, swimming pool, gymnasium or other indoor or outdoor sports not using motorised vehicles or firearms. Therefore if you are hoping to set up such a facility or sell this type of property, you must ensure it falls under this class.

Hopefully this makes the difference between D1 and D2 commercial property clearer. For more specifics and further information, check out the amended Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987.

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