Certificates of Lawfulness

The Rural Planning Practice can provide an assessment of your development or planning proposal in relation to lawful use, guide you on the best approach to take, and apply for the appropriate application on your behalf.

Certificates of Lawfulness operate as a useful tool for many of our clients when seeking to establish planning use and operations relating to their land and/or properties.

There are two types of certificate:

Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use or Development (CLOPUD) which asks whether a proposal requires planning permission;

Certificate of Lawful Existing Use or Development (CLEUD) which seeks to safeguard existing development and obtain confirmation that a use or development (which has already taken place) has become lawful in planning terms.

CLEUDs can be particularly useful for our clients as they seek to prove immunity from enforcement. This could be from either change in use or operational development, where these changes could be rejected through a planning application.

The Rural Planning Practice can provide an assessment of your development or planning proposal in relation to lawful use. We will be able to guide you on the best approach to take and apply for the appropriate application on your behalf.