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The application process

2. About the application process

When the planning application has been received with all the necessary information and supporting documents, it will be validated as soon as reasonably possible and the local planning authority (LPA) should then begin the determination process.

For more information on the items required for completing a valid application, view the Planning Portal’s application process.

When the application has been deemed valid, it will be placed on the planning register and given an application reference number. You can search and view all planning applications online using our find planning applications page.

For information on how and when planning applications are decided, including the options you have when a decision has been made, visit the Planning Portal’s decision-making process.