Applicable to all property sold under the Right To Buy Scheme


As from 1 April 2015 there will be an administrative charge associated with processing an application in order to allow consent, vary or remove a covenant places on the ex-council property.

All property sold under the Right To Buy scheme is subject to restrictive covenants, which are good estate management practice and/or promote the wider duties of the Council as a land owner. Owners must seek approval from the Council if they want to do anything to the property which would otherwise breach a covenant specified within the Right To Buy conveyance.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about Covenants - Requesting a Covenant Release, Variation or Approval on Ex-Council Properties.

Read the Policy on Repayment of Right to Buy discount, Buying back former Council properties and Covenants on housing land and property.

To make an initial enquiry and receive a call back regarding the process and administrative charges regarding Covenants, please email with the following information:

• Confirm you are the current property owner

• The full postal address of the property concerned

• Details of the conveyance

• Details of the reason for your requests, i.e. the improvements or structural changes you wish to make

• Type of property

• Email address for correspondence

• Contact telephone number

If you wish to go through with your application you will need to provide us with all the information requested in order to undertake our assessment.  There will be a non-refundable administrative charge for this work, please see table below:

Processing request for deed of variation   £300 Including VAT 
Processing request for approval to carry out work covered by a restrictive covenant   £120 Including VAT 
Processing retrospective request for approval to carry out work covered by a restrictive covenant £240 Including VAT
Processing retrospective request for a deed of variation £420 Including VAT

If a Deed of variation is required an additional fee is payable which will be determined by the Council's Estate team.

Before you enquire, please ensure you have read the relevant Policy and Frequently Asked Questions. 

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