Retrospective planning permission
If you have built something that requires planning permission and you have not had approval, we may ask you to submit a retrospective planning application for the work that you have already carried out. This does not mean that permission will automatically be granted.
You can apply for retrospective planning permission on the Planning Portal.
Apply for retrospective planning permission onlineExternal link
How to get proof that your development is legal
This is often most useful if you are selling your house or a piece of land. You can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) to get proof that:
- the existing use of or work to a building is lawful for planning purposes and didn’t need planning permission
- your proposed use or development of a building does not require planning permission
More details about
how and when to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate are available on the Planning Portal.
See the relevant checklist for details of what you need to include with your application:
The Planning Portal also has information on how to get a certificate for a listed building.
Houses in multiple occupation
Permitted development rights have been removed for the conversion of a dwelling house into a
house in multiple occupation (HMO) in some wards. If you wish to apply for an HMO in an area affected by the Article 4 direction, you will need to make a planning application.
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