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How to prepare a valid planning application

Submitting a valid application is straightforward if you follow the advice on these webpages. 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).

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 get your application right 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 on preparing your application, use our pre-application advice service.

You can 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 you need more guidance or information. Email us your comments.

Page last updated: 20 April 2022

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