A Certificate of Lawful Use (CLU) is a certificate as to the lawfulness of any existing use of land. Where a CLU is issued by the Development & Planning Authority, it serves to certify that, on the date of the application, the use/s described in the CLU in respect of the area of land specified therein was/were lawful within the meaning of section 22(3) and (4) of the Land Planning and Development (Guernsey) Law, 2005. The lawfulness of any use, at the time of the application, for which a CLU is in force is therefore conclusively presumed.
The Land Planning and Development (Certificates of Lawful Use) Ordinance, 2019
An owner of land can apply to the Development & Planning Authority for it to issue a Certificate of Lawful Use (CLU).
The application must be made on the application form supplied by the Authority and must include the particulars specified in that form. Click Here for Application Form. [307kb]
The Development & Planning Authority has published guidance which describes the process for obtaining a Certificate of Lawful Use (CLU) under the Land Planning and Development (Certificates of Lawful Use) Ordinance, 2019. Click here for Practice Note PN13 Certificates of Lawful Use [716kb].
A Link to the Land Planning and Development (Certificates of Lawful Use) Ordinance, 2019 can be found here: http://www.guernseylegalresources.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=117963&p=0
The Ordinance and guidance take effect from 6 May 2019.