Information Leaflet 6: Certificates of Lawful Use or Development
How does the Planning Service Make a decision?
If valid, your application will be acknowledged and assigned to a planning officer. The application will be assessed against the relevant planning legislation. Depending on the circumstances, a site visit may be required as part of this assessment. Further information may be sought if necessary to determine the application. The process is unlikely to take longer than two months if all the necessary information to determine the application is submitted at the same time.
If granted, the certificate remains valid for the precise use, operation or activity described in it, on the land it describes and provided there is no material change in circumstances.
A Certificate of Lawful Use or Development shows only that planning permission is not required. When a certificate is refused an application for planning permission may be made in the normal way.