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James Mather
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Is there law relating to or against working in my garage even

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Is there law relating to or against working in my garage even though my work involves constructing timber units and using power tools etc. Most work in the garage is business related. I have had problems with my neighbour in the past and they do not like any noise what so ever. So where can i find information if any at all that can allow me to carry on working in my garage.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.

Hello, I am Law Denning and I am a practising solicitor in a High
Street practice. I have been an expert on this website in UK law since 2008.
During that time, as you appreciate, I have answered thousand's of questions from satisfied users on a variety of subjects.
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minutes, particularly evenings and weekends. Please bear with me in that case.

It is my pleasure to try and assist you with this today. Please bear with me while I gather some further information from you in order for me to be able to advise you fully.

Are you running a business from home?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

My business is not run from home, but occasionally i need to do a day or two in the garage as there is not enough space at the location i am working.

Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.

comes down to whether the council are saying you are running the business from home
or not. You don't actually need to run the business from home but all you need
to do is carry out business activities at home and it means that they can bring
enforcement proceedings against you.

council will look at what you do, the noise that is produced and the frequency of
what you do. There is no definitive answer as to whether you are actually running
a business from home in this particular case but provided you have premises
elsewhere and this is literally just taking a little bit of work home for you,
I think you would escape enforcement proceedings for running a business from

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

can i get any documentation stating that i am allowed to occasionally work from home as long as its within reasonable hours. If so how would i go about getting it.?

Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.

That is a Certificate of Lawful Use for existing use over 10 years or a Full Planning Application allowing this during restricted hours and with noise stipulations and stipulations regarding visiting customers and traffic. Before doing that I would write to the council, tell them what you are doing in full and ask them to confirm that you don't need planning consent. They will either say that you do or that you don't.