How to prepare a valid planning application

These webpages form our validation checklist, which is a list of all the different forms, drawings and supporting documents you might need to submit with your planning application to make it valid. 

The government also offers general guidance on making a valid application (external website).

Apply for planning permission 

What is a valid planning application?

A valid planning application has all the information we need to assess it. If any information is missing, your application will be made 'invalid' until you take further action. This slows down the application process, so it's best to carefully check what you need to submit so that you can get your application right the first time. 

What do you need to submit with your planning application?

Planning applications are made up of three types of documents:

Do you need more guidance?

If you want help from a planning officer in preparing your application, use our pre-application advice service.

View our planning FAQs and glossary for help understanding the planning process. 

You can also read more about how to apply for planning permission

We'd like your feedback if you find these pages useful or if you need more guidance or information. Email us your comments

Page last updated: 13 September 2022

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