You can apply for a legal development certificate for an existing use or development if you can show that the land has been used continuously (other than as a residence) for more than ten years. For more than ten years, a condition or limitation on planning authorization has not been met. For example, if a house was built in 1990 and hasn't had any modifications or additions done to it since then, it would be considered new construction for planning purposes and could be built without further review. If however, back in 1990, the previous owner sold a lot of trees from the property, there might be a need to review the plan before granting final approval.
The goal here is to give officials time to get to know the nature of your neighborhood. Will be seeing a lot of these requests over the next few years as neighborhoods become more established. It's also important to note that this rule applies only to applications for development certificates. A decision on the merits of the project itself is not affected by how long the property has been used for its current purpose.
For example, if I own a residential property that has been used as a single-family home for 15 years and there have been no complaints about the appearance of the neighborhood, approved plans for major renovations are available, and no one has ever asked me if I needed planning permission to make improvements, then I can reasonably expect to be allowed to continue living there indefinitely.
There has been continuous usage of land or structures (other than homes) for more than ten years. For more than four years, construction or other operations have been finished. Construction usually takes three to six months after application is made. Other factors such as public inquiries, etc also contribute to the delay.
A building permit is required before any work can be done on a new house. The process involves several steps and can take up to a year from start to finish. The time it takes to get your building permit depends on the size of the project and the type of permit needed. Most building permits include some form of inspection by the local government agency responsible for reviewing development plans. If there are problems with the design or structure, they will most likely reject the plan and you will need to begin the process over again.
Building permits are issued by your local government authority, which varies by state. They can be found by contacting the authority that reviews development plans in your area. They will tell you what types of permits are needed for your project and how to go about getting them. Some authorities may even be willing to give you advice on how to save time while still meeting all requirements.
It is important to remember that a building permit is only valid for one year.
For more than ten years, land or structures (other than a residence) have been continuously used. The only exception to this rule is when a structure is utilized as a living house—planning use class C3, which includes homes and flats. They can be used as offices, shops, or factories.
Office buildings and other commercial structures are allowed to be used as office spaces year after year after they have stopped being used for their original purpose. If you are interested in learning more about how long can a building be used for, visit our page on how long can a building be used for.
After a development is finished, enforcement action can be pursued, usually within 4 years or 10 years if the development involves a change of use or non-compliance with a planning requirement. For example, if a building does not have required fire protection, the owner/builder will be liable for any damage caused by fires that break out year after year while the building is standing.
In addition, if you fail to comply with your plan after it has been approved, the City may require you to submit a new plan. The new plan must show compliance with all requirements at the time of resubmission. If you do not comply with the new plan, the process can be repeated.
Finally, if you fail to comply with an approved plan in a timely manner, the City may take action against you by issuing an administrative order requiring you to comply with the plan. This order is effective immediately and expires one year from its date or until it is renewed. If you do not comply with the order, you could be fined up to $10,000 for each violation.
The only way to permanently remove yourself from the plan is through abandonment. If there are no current owners involved in the process and the property has not been sold to a third party, then this means the property is still eligible for future development.