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Article 4 Direction

Change of use from commercial to residential

Article 4 Direction

The City of London is exempt from National Permitted Development Right for change of use from offices to residential.

From 31 May 2019 an Article 4 Direction will replace the exemption and remove the National Permitted Development Right in the City of London so that a planning permission will be required for a change of use from office to residential.

The Article 4 Direction was confirmed on 14 May 2018:

Article 4 Direction (750KB)
Article 4 Notice (21KB)

Further information on the City of London's exemption from national permitted development rights, the evidence base supporting the Article 4 Direction, and the public consultation that was undertaken are available on request by emailing the Local Plan Team.

or write to:

Development Plans Team
Department of the Built Environment
City of London Corporation
PO Box 270
London EC2P 2EJ

08 November 2013
Last Modified:
20 May 2019