Certificate of Lawfulness
There are two types of Certificates of Lawfulness that may be issued:
A Certificate of Lawful Existing Use or Development (CLEUD); and
A Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use of Development (CLOPUD)
We are able to advise clients on the procedure for obtaining a Certificate of Lawfulness and whether this would be appropriate taking into account the individual’s circumstances.
The Council’s assessment of whether a Certificate of Lawfulness should be granted is based on the evidence submitted. Bloomfields expertise in this field will ensure that a comprehensive application is put forward to the Council. This includes working with the client to gather a complete evidence base, drafting Statutory Declarations / Sworn Affidavits and presenting these to the Council in a logical and justified format. Obtaining a CLEUD can help prevent enforcement action and can add significant value to a property, if you are looking to sell or raise finance. If you are looking to carry out development or a change in use to a property that does not require planning permission a CLOPUD is an excellent way to be reassured that one can do this. If you come to sell your property this can provide certainty to a prospective purchaser as to the legal status.