Typically, an MOT testing centre or service station would fall under the use class of B2 General Industry. We have, however, heard of cases where an MOT testing centre was classified under sui generis too depending on the local governing body.
Car and motor vehicle showrooms did used to be classified under A1 until 2005 before they were moved to the sui generis use class when the more detailed retail and shop property classes were introduced.
If you’re planning to operate a workshop business that focuses on car repairs, you would want to be looking for an automotive property with the B1 use class.
The automotive industry is unlikely to be declining in the near future and with car sales growing year on year. The demand for services like MOT testing, vehicle repairs and servicing means the industry is in a strong position for future sustainability.
Any land you are considering converting into a car park will need planning permission unless it has already been granted and you will have to ensure the land is zoned for the correct use.
Below are some of the key benefits of the automotive property market:
Automotive Use Classes