According to URA Master Plan, M38 is zoned under Business 1. Developments on land zoned Business 1 (B1) or Business 2 (B2) under URA's Master Plan 2008 are approved and allowed primarily for industrial use (e.g. manufacturing and warehousing activities).
Pet shops are classified under Class 16.
Offices and shops are not allowed to lease industrial developments such as B1.
Therefore, pet shops may not be allowed.
It is wise for you to find out the approved use of the premises first, and check if you have to apply for change of use approval. It is also important that you apply for approval for the proposed use, before buying or renting a property.
You will have to apply for planning permission before carrying out the change of use when:
• proposing to change the use of a premises from one Use Class to another, or
• It involves a use that does not fall within any Use Class.
You can use URA's online development register to download the Grant of Written Permission, if the premises has been granted approval for a specific use here: https://www.ura.gov.sg/maps/?service=devtreg
Downloading of the decision is free.
However, planning decisions given before the year 2000 may not be available online. For such cases, you should make an enquiry with URA. There is a search fee of $53.50 (inclusive of GST).
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