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Expiry and renewal of approval

How do I renew?

The renewal process is the same as the approval process but can be commenced when the current approval has less than twelve months left to run. An application for renewal made within this period will if, necessary, extend the approval until that application has been finally dealt with. A renewal should be expressed to take effect from the date on which the current approval expires.

What do I do if my approval has expired?

If an approval expires before any application to renew is made but an application is made within one month of the expiry, the approval will be reinstated. The reinstated approval will then continue until such time as the application for renewal is finally dealt with.

Authorities and approval holders are strongly recommended to have a reminder system to warn the holder of an approval, at least a month before it is due to expire, that an application for renewal must be made as no proceedings can take place after the expiry date. The reminder system should also alert all officers in the authority who take notices and receive notices taken outside the authority so that any couples who may be affected can be warned. An approval can be extended or reinstated but if an application for renewal is made a month or more after expiry, the full application procedure has to be followed prior to any further approval being granted. Any proceedings arranged at the venue within that time must be postponed or moved to another venue after fresh notices have been given.


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