An application for a Lawful Development Certificate (Existing) form should be used to establish whether an existing use of land, or some operational development, or some activity in breach of a planning condition, is lawful even though it did not have planning permission.
Examples when an application for a Lawful Development Certificate (Existing) should be made include:
- when planning enforcement action is taken by the local planning authority and the owner believes it is immune from action because the time limit for taking enforcement action has passed;
- when an owner discovers, in the course of a sale of the land, that planning permission has never been granted, and needs to show a prospective purchaser that no enforcement action can be taken by the local planning authority.
What you need to submit
The list below details supporting documents that may need to be submitted as part of your application. Please refer to each section below in order to determine whether or not you need to submit it as part of your application.