How to prepare a valid planning application

What to submit with your application

For an application to be valid and meet our best practice guidelines, you must submit the documents required by the development you are proposing. These documents and requirements are set out below.

You can also read guidance on making a valid application on GOV.UK.

These documents are split into four categories:

  • Forms
  • Plans and diagrams
  • Supporting information
  • Other documents

It is important that you understand what documents are required to support your application. This is dependent on the location, scale or type of development you are proposing.

Failure to provide the correct documents may result in your application being returned to you, or you may be asked to submit additional information as an amendment.

If you would like a full list of specific documents required to support your application, use our planning advice service.

Submit each document (including plans) as a separate file.