Certificate of lawfulness application
Apply for this certificate when you wish to clarify that an existing or proposed use/development is lawful under the planning acts
Published: 12 January 2021
Last updated: 21 April 2021
The quickest and easiest way to submit a planning application is online via the Planning Portal.
Householders often use this certificate to clarify that proposed alterations and extensions fall within permitted development rights, and/or are immune from enforcement action because the work took place more than 4 years ago.
Checklists and forms
Below are the checklists for the different certificates of lawfulness. If you are not able to apply online, you will need to download and post your application to the address using the form below.
For existing use or operation or activity, including those in breach of planning condition
Read the checklist
Proposed use or development
Listed building - certificate of lawfulness of proposed works