What your planning application needs to include

Planning and building control


You must include all the necessary information with your application. 

When we receive your application, it will go through a validation process to check that all the required information has been provided. If you have not supplied all the information, your application can't be validated and passed to a case officer to assess. 

Our local validation requirements list sets out what information is required for applications of a particular type, scale or location. You will need to read through the list of requirements relevant to your application type before submitting your application.

Check the local validation requirements list (PDF 543KB)

The validation requirements for Lawful Development Certificates, Prior Approvals and Discharge of Conditions are different. Read the following validation guidance for these kinds of applications:

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We will prioritise valid applications once we receive them on. We do this by checking the application contains all the required documents and plans which are in the correct format.

We aim to validate them within five days of receipt, or 10 days for major applications.

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If your application is found to be invalid (i.e. it does not contain the required information) we will write to you explain why. We aim to do this within 10 days.

You will be given 21 days to make your application valid. After that it will be withdrawn, unless you have contacted the fast track and delivery team (contact details will be provided on your letter). If this is the case we may give you longer to submit the information.

If you have not received an acknowledgement letter or an invalid letter within two weeks of submitting your application, please email our planning admin support team at planningvalidation@walthamforest.gov.uk

We encourage all applications to be submitted online via the government’s Planning Portal.

Please note: If you submit plans larger than A3 in size, you will need to also provide us with a paper copy. Please send to: Development Management, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Sycamore House, 701 Forest Rd, Walthamstow E17 4JF.

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The government provides guidance on what is required to make a valid application:

Read the validation requirements on GOV.UK

If you need to speak to the validation officer, you will find their details at the top right-hand side of the letter you received from us. It's usually better to email the officer than rather than phoning.

If you have appointed an agent for your application then all correspondence and enquiries will go through them. We will not discuss a case with an applicant where there is an agent. This is to avoid misunderstandings and miscommunication.