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Combined ownership certificates and agricultural land declaration

Certificate A (Sole Ownership)

Please sign combined Certificate A and Agricultural Land Declaration if the applicant has been the sole owner of all the land that the application relates to for at least 21 days before the application is  submitted and none of the land is part of an agricultural holding. For this purpose an “owner” is anyone with a freehold interest or leasehold interest the unexpired term of which is not less than 7 years.

Certificate B (Shared Ownership – all other owners known)

Please sign the combined Certificate B and Agricultural Land Declaration if the applicant has not owned the property for at least 21 days before the application is submitted.

If the applicant is not the sole owner of all the land that the application relates to (for example, the proposed extension/new dwelling etc. involves an overhanging roof or guttering with a neighbouring property or the foundations encroach onto adjoining land or others own part of an access road etc.) you should sign Certificate B and serve a notice on the other owner/s of the land. If the application relates to works to a flat you
should sign and complete Certificate B.

When you sign Certificate B you must complete the names and addresses of the owner/s and you must serve them with a notice under Article 13 of the General Development Procedure Order 2015.

Certificate C (Shared Ownership – some other owners known)

Please complete a combined Certificate C and Agricultural Land Determination if the applicant is not the sole owner of the land to which the application relates and only knows some of the owners.

When you sign Certificate C you must complete the names and addresses of the owner/s and you must serve them with a notice under Article 13 of the General Development Procedure Order 2015.

You must also carry out and provide evidence of additional steps taken to trace the unknown owners. This might include carrying out a land registry search. You must also advertise the proposed development in the local newspaper at least 21 days prior to submitting the planning application. Please submit a copy of this advertisement with the planning application.

Certificate D (Share Ownership – all other owners unknown)

Please complete the combined Certificate D and Agricultural Land Determination if the applicant is not the sole owner of the land to which the application relates and does not know any of the owners.

You must also carry out and provide evidence of additional steps taken to trace the unknown owners. This might include carrying out a land registry search. You must also advertise the proposed  development in the local newspaper at least 21 days prior to submitting the planning application. Please submit a copy of this advertisement with the planning application.

The Agricultural Land Determination

This is now incorporated into the certificates of ownership (explained above). If any of the land to which the application relates is part of an agricultural holding the application must serve notice on the agricultural tenant of the holding.

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