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The planning system provides the possibility of obtaining a statutory document confirming that an existing/proposed use, operation or activity of a building or site named in it is lawful for planning control purposes. The planning merits of the use, operation or activity in the application are not relevant. The issue of a certificate depends entirely on factual evidence about the history and planning status of the building or other land and the interpretation of any relevant planning law or judicial authority. The onus is on the applicant to provide evidence to support the application.