Submitting a planning application
You need to submit the correct planning application form and supporting documents for the work you are planning to carry out.
If you submit the wrong form or any documents are missing, your application will not be valid. This will delay the application process, meaning it will take much longer for us to make a decision.
The Planning Portal will guide you through the process so you can find the correct application form.
You need to make sure that you submit all of the correct supporting documents when you complete your planning application.
You need to submit different documents depending on the type of work you are planning to carry out. To find out what you need to submit for your type of application, you should check:
The National Validation List applies to all planning applications in England. The Local Validation List only applies to applications you submit to us.
For major developments, you will also need to submit a Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems pro-forma, which is published by Essex County Council.
Apply by post
If you are unable to apply online, you can submit a planning application by post.
You can view a list of planning application forms on the Planning Portal, and print what you need. To find the form you need on the Planning Portal, you will need to enter your postcode or address.
You can also download the forms that are not available on the Planning Portal.