As your business grows, you may need to move to or upgrade your premises. Our property team at Fife Council may be able to help you find the perfect location for you to grow your food and beverage business.
If you are looking to take occupancy in a new build, it will need planning permission and is often likely to require approval of building regulation. The two permissions deal with different aspects of the proposed development and consider different legislation.
Fife Council provide a pre-application advice service for business. This gives you an opportunity to understand how policies and guidance will be applied to your proposal. It also helps you identify at an early stage where there is a need for specialist input, for example, contamination, transport or ecology. It may also highlight that the proposal is unacceptable at an early stage, which could save you the cost of submitting a formal application. It can also reduce the time to process any formal application you submit, saving your business money.
You may need a building warrant if you wish to convert a building. A Building Warrant is a legal permit you need before starting building and alteration work. This includes altering, extending, converting and demolishing buildings or parts of buildings. If you carry out work requiring a building warrant without first obtaining a warrant, you commit an offence.
Discover more about planning applications and building warrants.