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Lawful Development Certificate

If you want to be certain that the existing use of a building is lawful for planning purposes or that your proposal does not require planning permission, you can apply for a ‘Lawful Development Certificate’ (LDC).

It is not compulsory to have an LDC but there may be times when you need one to confirm that the use, operation or activity named in it is lawful for planning control purposes. For example, if you are selling or sub-dividing a property, or if planners are threatening enforcement action.

The issues involved in LDCs are often complex and if you decide you need to apply for a certificate it is wise to obtain professional advice.

If your application is refused, or is not determined within the time limit of eight weeks, you can appeal.

How can Get Planning & Architecture help you?

Get Planning and Architecture experts have years of experience in advising clients on Lawful Development Certificates and our experts keep up to date with the frequent amendments and changes to policy issued by government and local authorities. We can advise you about the sort of information needed to support your application.