Planning application validation

We want to help you submit applications with all the information we need to assess them. If an application is not submitted with the required information it will not be valid and we will not be able to process it.

Before submitting an application you should make sure that the accompanying information is sufficient for the purposes of validation.

Status update re Validation of Applications

Unfortunately, due to a combination of factors, we are experiencing delays in the validation process. Whilst we are dealing with your applications as quickly as possible you may notice this is taking us longer than usual. We apologise for this but ask for your patience. Thank you. 

Please read the planning validation guidance which provides advice on both national and local validation requirements. 

To assist us with the validation and decision-making process we request that an application is accompanied by a schedule or list of submitted documents.  

We no longer provide checklists for individual application types. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us using our online form.  We do not charge for this service, but please note that if you are seeking advice as whether planning permission is required or likely to be granted, then a fee is payable.

To make a planning (or related) application, national standard forms must be used and these can be found and submitted electronically on the Planning Portal.

If submitting in paper, 1 original copy must be supplied.  All forms must be signed and dated.

See also

Consultation on revised validation guidance

We are currently consulting with agents who regularly submit planning applications and statutory bodies involved in the planning process. The draft revised guidance can be found below. Any comments on this shall be made in writing to by 28 August 2020.


PDF icon Draft Validation Guidance 2020545.07 KB
PDF icon Validation Guidance 2016297.71 KB