Apply for a certificate of lawfulness
Certificates of lawfulness
Certificates of lawfulness are a way of deciding whether a use or piece of building work is legal or not. Certificates can be given for completed developments or proposed developments.
Applications for certificates of lawfulness are not advertised and there is no requirement to notify neighbours. Any public comments on certificates of lawfulness will only be taken into account if they relate to the legality of the use or development under planning legislation.
You can apply online for a certificate of lawfulness on the ePlanning website. To ensure you complete the forms correctly and pay the correct fee, please download and read our planning application guidelines and fees below.
Please note from Wednesday 3 January 2018, we will no longer accept cheques for planning applications or building warrants. Payment can be made online or telephone payments can be made by phoning
0131 529 3550.