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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.

Apply online

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

Proposed use or development form PDF, 139.38 KB, 1 page

Listed building - certificate of lawfulness of proposed works