Certificates of ownership and agricultural holdings must accompany all planning applications.
The information below provides further details about each type of certificate, what type of certificate should be included with your application, how to submit them to us and where further information can be found.
What are certificates of ownership and agricultural holdings?
There are two types of certificates that should accompany all applications:
- a certificate of ownership
- this certificate is not required for applications for the approval of reserved matters, removal or variation of conditions, consent to work on a tree subject to a Tree Preservation Order or advertisement consent.
- an agricultural holdings certificate
- this certificate states whether or not the site includes an agricultural holding.
What certificate should I include with my application?
The type of certificate of ownership that you should include with your application will depend on your situation:
- if you are the sole owner of the property, complete Certificate A. "Sole owner" means a person with a freehold or leasehold interest which has at least seven years unexpired
- if you are not the sole owner of the property or if any part of the development goes outside land in your ownership, even if it is only the foundations or a party wall, complete Certificate B. For example, if you are making an application for works to a flat in a block or to a shop which has flats above, it is likely that you are not the sole owner and you will need to sign Certificate B and let the other owners know in writing, using the wording in Notice 1 excluding applications for householder development (PDF, 117KB)
- if you do not know the names of all of the owners of the property you will need to complete Certificate C and fill out Notice 2 excluding applications for householder development (PDF, 116KB)
- if you cannot trace any of the owners you will need to complete Certificate D and fill out Notice 2 excluding applications for householder development (PDF, 116KB)
- if your application is a householder planning application and you need to complete either Certificate B or C, you must use the Householder Development Notice (PDF, 80KB).
On all application types - sign and date section A of the agricultural holdings certificate.
How do I submit certificates?
If you apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, you will be given the opportunity to upload your certificates after you have completed the relevant application forms. Before uploading any files, please read our guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications.
Where can I find out further information?
For further information on preparing and submitting certificates, please contact the planning advice and information service.