Lawful development for a proposed use application checklist

The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows any person to apply to the LPA to ascertain whether a proposed development would be lawful. Where the LPA decides the proposal would be lawful, they will issue a Certificate of Lawfulness of a Proposed Use or Development (CLPUD). Such a certificate is conclusive proof of the lawfulness of a proposed development and a defence if the proposal is later alleged to be unlawful.

An application for a CLPUD must provide enough information to satisfy the LPA that the use or operation described would be lawful, including reasons as to why it is alleged the use is lawful.

This is a checklist of things that should be included.