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Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Sections 169 and 170: Certificate of lawfulness of existing use or development and Certificate of lawfulness of proposed use or development

Section 169 enables a person to apply to a council for a certificate to establish whether any existing use or development, or non compliance with a condition of a planning approval, is lawful. Provisions cover the circumstances for issue and actual requirements of the certificate.  Section 170 enables any person to apply to a council to establish whether any proposed use or development, or any operations to be carried out in, on, over or under land is lawful. Again, provisions cover the circumstances for issue and actual requirements of this certificate.

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