Since 2008 local planning authorities have been required to publish a list of information they require to “validate” the planning applications they receive. A validation list has 2 components:

1. The national requirements, such as the application form, fee and certificates

2. Specific local validation requirements known as the “Local List”

The Government requires local planning authorities to review the “local list” every 2 years. Following a period of consultation the validation checklist was adopted as of 1 June 2020.

The Adopted Validation Checklist (the "Master Document") provides details of all documents that are required, the policy drivers for the requirement, together with guidance on the circumstances when the requirement is applicable. 

We have also produced quick reference checks for the most common types of application.