Ownership certificate

 

Which ownership certificate should be signed?

• Certificate A - Sole Ownership and no agricultural tenants
This should only be completed if the applicant is the sole owner of the land to which the application relates and there are no agricultural tenants.

• Certificate B - Shared Ownership (All other owners/agricultural tenants known)
This should be completed if the applicant is not the sole owner, or if there are agricultural tenants, and the applicant knows the names and addresses of all the other owners and/or agricultural tenants.

• Certificate C - Shared Ownership (Some other owners/agricultural tenants known)
This should be completed if the applicant does not own all of the land to which the application relates and does not know the name and address of all of the owners and/or agricultural tenants.

• Certificate D - Shared Ownership (None of the other owners/agricultural tenants known)
This should be completed if the applicant does not own all of the land to which the application relates and does not know the names and addresses of any of the owners and/or agricultural tenants.

An 'owner' is anyone with a freehold interest, or leasehold interest the unexpired term of which is not less than 7 years. In the case of development consisting of the winning or working of minerals, a person entitled to an interest in a mineral in the land is also an owner.

An 'agricultural tenant' is a tenant of an agricultural holding, any part of which is comprised in the land to which the application relates.

Any hard copy certificate submitted with the standard application form must be signed by hand. For any electronically submitted certificate, a typed signature of the applicant's name is acceptable. Ownership certificates must also be completed for applications for listed building consent, although no agricultural declaration is required.

Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure (England) (Order) 2015

Can a Planning Application be made on someone else's land?

The planning system entitles anyone to apply for permission to develop any plot of land, irrespective of ownership. However, an applicant is required to notify owners of the land or buildings to which the application relates, as well as any agricultural tenants, in. When making an application, an applicant is required to sign a ownership certificate confirming the ownership of the land to which the application relates and that the relevant notices have been served.

What is an Agricultural Land Declaration?

All agricultural tenants on a site must be notified prior to the submission of an application for planning permission. Applicants must certify that they have notified any agricultural tenants about their application, or that there are no agricultural tenants on the site. This declaration is required whether or not the site includes an agricultural holding. It is incorporated into the ownership certificates on the standard application form.