Submission guidelines

Planning championBelow you will find some tips and advice to help you submit a valid planning application. Information provided on the application form and accompanying drawings and documents will normally be made available on the Internet.

  • Pay the correct fee at the time of submission. If you are unsure please use the Planning Portal fee calculator.

  • Submit satisfactory plans and drawings preferably on A3 or A4 paper or saved electronically to print at A3 or A4 size – correctly orientated on the page

  • Ensure that all drawings include the print (paper) size; the relevant scale at that print size (eg 1:100 etc); and a scale bar showing the length of 1 and 10 metres and key dimensions and if drawings need to be printed in colour eg site plans

  • We recommend that you submit drawings in PDF format. Photographs should be in JPEG format.

  • All attachments are restricted to the following file types: .pdf (adobe acrobat), .jpg (images), .doc (MS Word text documents), .xls (spreadsheets etc).

  • We are unable to accept drawings with the following file extensions: DWG, DWF, DXF or any drawings that have been produced with CAD software.

  • No individual file should be larger than 4Mb – as it is likely to be rejected.

  • File names should be relevant to the content of the drawings.

  • Most planning applications need a site location plan and block plan showing the location and boundaries of the site you are planning to work on. The application site must be edged in red and other land in the applicant's control edged in blue. These plans can be obtained online via Planning Portal .

  • Check the supporting documents for National and Local Requirements and documents you need to submit for a valid application; application codes, guidance notes and thresholds.

  • For development within a designated flood zone you must fill in a flood risk assessment through the Environment Agency

  • Complete the CIL liable forms

  • Submit a design and access statement (if required)

  • Make sure that your application will not have planning obligations

  • Drawings or fees can be submitted by post, please ensure these are correctly addressed, quoting the Planning Portal Application number. An application cannot be progressed until all appropriate information has been received

  • Providing a summary of all attachments included with your application is very helpful

  • Consult the Validation Checklists. It is important to note that the Validation Checklists list the documents required to accompany planning applications before they are validated.

  • For major applications submitted online, complete the form online and post/deliver a minimum of 2 sets of all the application documentation to Planning Services. In addition, copies of the application documentation should be supplied on CD disc to enable electronic processing.