National requirements for validating a planning application
Your application must be made up of:
- The necessary plans of the site
- The required supporting documentation
- The completed planning application form
- The correct fee.
If you’re applying online, once you have submitted your application it will be received by us the following working day.
We will not be able to process your application unless the mandatory supporting documentation has been provided. You can also attach any other relevant documentation which you think will help us determine the application.
Please note, online submission of supporting information may not always be possible because of the file size or type. If this is the case you are able to provide information in hard copy (three copies plus the original) or electronically (e.g. CD, USB storage device), this can be done even if the application has been submitted via the Planning Portal. In these circumstance you will be notified of the validity of your application when we are satisfied we have received all the necessary information.
There are two levels of mandatory documents, national and local. If you’re applying online, the service will tell you what mandatory documentation you need to provide and allows you to attach the relevant documents. If you are posting the application, four copies of the form and any supporting information, including plans, are required.
All applications will be required to be accompanied by a plan showing the position on-site of all trees and hedgerows. The plan should show their species and size, including the canopy spread, with details of any to be retained together with measures for their protection during the course of development. It may be appropriate to show these on the mandatory block plan.
Mandatory documents - National Requirements
- The standard application form
- Most planning applications require two plans to be submitted as supporting documents:
- Location plan – all paper application must include three copies of a site location plan which are drawn at a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500. Plans should where ever possible show at least two named roads and surrounding buildings. The properties shown should be numbered or named to ensure that the exact location of the application site is clear. The application site must be edged clearly with a red line. It should include all land necessary to carry out the proposed development – for example, land required for access to the site from a public highway, visibility splays, landscaping, car parking and open areas around buildings. A blue line must be drawn around any other land owned by the applicant, close to or adjoining the application site.
- Site Plan (sometimes known as a block plan) – which shows the proposed development in detail at a scale of 1:100 or 1:200 showing any site boundaries, the type and height of any boundary treatments (e.g. walls, fences), the position of any other buildings or structures on the site and on the other side of any boundaries.
- Please be aware that all submitted plans must comply with the relevant guidelines and have the appropriate copyright clearly marked.
- An ownership certificate A, B, C or D (on the application form) must be completed stating the ownership of the property
- Agricultural holdings certificate – this is required whether or not the site includes an agricultural holding. All agricultural tenants must be notified prior to the submission of the application
- Correct application fee.
(Date last reviewed 15/05/2020)