| If hypothetically, one was to purchase an existing retail outlet (A2?) &
| desire to change it in to a Bar/Restaurant (A3?), how much work actually
| required. As a friend & I were researching this we've been told that you
| "must" have double glazing (security rated), "must" have a porch &
| "must" have a cellar.
As well as Building Regulations, you will also have to comply with the
1. Environmental Health - in particular, food preparation, kitchen
extraction, toilets, refuse storage, tobacco smoke control, noise, etc.
2. Fire Brigade - as well as bringing the fire protection and detection, and
means of escape, of the premises up to scratch, you may also have to
consider alarms and means of escape to any premises above the property,
especially if they are residential.
3. Licensing Board - they will take advice from the above before granting a
license for liquor sales etc.
4. Disability Discrimination Act - the Building Regs will cover some
requirements, but you will have to refer to the DDA itself to make sure you
are fully compliant with its requirements (or it will be feasable to be
compliant as required by the timescales in the Act).
Don't know why an actual cellar is required, as beer these days is kegged
and cooled. But you should consider that you may need a catering-sized gas
main installed, a hefty electrical supply to cope with lighting and
air-conditioning, and you will need somewhere for the outside air-con units
to be as well as the kitchen extraction - where the noise and smell will not