Magnolia tree and rhododendrons at the Lake District Visitor Centre

Lawful Development Certificate - Existing Use

Lawful Development Certificate - Existing Use or Development Checklist and Form

A Certificate of Lawful Development application seeks formal confirmation that a use or development is immune from enforcement action because it is lawful – for example planning permission was not required, or it has become lawful by the passage of time.

Please download the Lawful Development - Existing Use or Development Form (PDF) (opens in new window)

Please make sure your application includes all the right information, or it will be judged as invalid.

Application requirements

You will always need:

  • Form
  • Site location plan
  • Evidence to support your application
  • Correct fee

You will sometimes need:

  • Existing and/or proposed plans

For more details about when we need the information above, and what we expect, please see our guidance notes.

Application guides

Our guidance notes form part of our validation checklists. They provide further details about what information we require with an application.