Our guide to Canterbury’s Planning permission for small HMO properties
HMO Article 4 (Change of use from a C3 to C4)
An article 4 direction relating to houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) came into force in Canterbury on Thursday 25 February.
The direction means that planning permission is now required to change the use of a house from planning class C3, a dwelling, to planning class C4, a HMO where between three and six unrelated people share a kitchen and/or a bathroom.
Planning permission for properties that were already in C4 use before Thursday 25 February 2016 is not required, as an article 4 direction cannot be applied retrospectively.
As the council has removed permitted development rights, any planning application for a change of use from C3 to C4 would be free of charge.
If you're looking to buy a property to rent out to students or sharers and need guidance on the above, please do not hesitate to contact Robert Brady - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales and Lettings Director
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