Removing agricultural occupancy conditions
Removing agricultural occupancy conditions

The following Planning guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Removing agricultural occupancy conditions
  • What is an agricultural occupancy condition?
  • Why remove an AOC?
  • How to remove an AOC
  • Certificate of lawful development

What is an agricultural occupancy condition?

A dwellinghouse can be constructed in the countryside only in very limited circumstances (eg where the property is required for a full time agricultural worker who needs to reside on a farm to care for livestock or agricultural produce). The planning permission for such a property will have an Agricultural Occupancy Condition (AOC) attached to it, whereby only a person employed (or last employed) in the locality in agriculture or forestry (and his dependents/widow(er)) may occupy the property.

Why remove an AOC?

An AOC dramatically limits the potential market for a property and therefore depresses its value. In addition, the agricultural population has greatly reduced in the last few decades, and so there may no longer be any need for agricultural work