What is the difference between a work/live and a live/work space?

There is an important difference between work/live and live/work spaces due to the planning requirements of local planning authorities.

In work/live spaces the emphasis is on the space being used as a non-residential artist studio, with the living area being very small and ancillary. In the case of live/work spaces, the emphasis is equally placed on providing an artist with a home and somewhere to work.

In an area where the local planning authority is keen to increase employment, you are more likely to find work/live spaces and conversely live/work spaces where residential accommodation is a priority.

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This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material. The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Readers should consult a solicitor for legal advice on specific matters. Artists can get free online legal information from Artquest.