Lawful Development Certificates

If you want to be certain that the existing use of a building is lawful for planning purposes, or that your proposal does not require planning permission, you should apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC).

It is not compulsory to have an LDC but Coventry City Council will no longer provide written advice on whether a proposal requires planning permission. So, if it is important for you to have that clarification, you should make a formal application.  

The LDC process can also be used if you want to confirm that the current use of a property is lawful.

You will need to make an application for a Lawful Development Certificate if you want to confirm the current use of a premises. You can search for planning permissions or use our online map.

Please be aware that planning permission does not always confirm the use of a premises or site as it may not have been implemented or the use may have changed since planning permission was given.

For further information on making an application please look at the Planning Portal guidance.


We are unable to give informal advice by telephone, please refer to our planning webpages for guidance.

Address: PO Box 15
Council House
Earl Street

Telephone: 024 7683 1109