Am I eligible for an extension?
How much does it cost?
How to apply for an extension
1. Complete a declaration
Your application must include a declaration that explains why the action wasn't completed by the deadline or why the fee wasn't paid.
Your declaration must:
- Give a full and frank disclosure of all the relevant circumstances
- Describe the chain of events that led to the fee not being paid or the action not being taken within the required timeframe
- Explain the error or omission made, the circumstances beyond your control, or how, in spite of you taking due care, you missed the deadline
- Explain any delays that occurred between when you discovered the problem and when you made the application for an extension of time
- Include copies of any documents that support your explanations.
You may need declarations from others who have direct knowledge of events to support your case.
2. File your request
We'd suggest that you apply for an extension of time to cover the period since the due date passed, and the time that you think you'll need before completing the action.
You'll need to:
- Log in to online services
- Fill out your request form and upload your declaration. This should only take 15 minutes, and you can save your progress as you go
- Pay the required fee.
3. See the outcome
We'll check if your application meets the requirements of the Designs Act 2003. We'll let you know the outcome via your online services inbox.
If it isn't successful, we'll let you know why. If there are ways to overcome the issues, we'll provide you with some options to consider.