Local List for the validation of planning applications

The Local List clearly identifies the information that we, at Surrey County Council, normally require to be able to register, assess and determine your planning applications. The level of information required depends on the size and type of the application.

The current Local List was adopted on the 13 September 2017. The current version was re-published following updates for NPPF references in 2018 and 2019. It is presently under complete review for a 2020 update; the current version is still being used, while the updates are made, consulted on and verified. The new version has now reached consultation stage – should you wish to review and feedback on the new version, then please see the Local List on our consultation hub. The consultation closes on 6 October, after which it will be taken to the Planning & Regulation Committee for adoption following any amends from feedback received.

The purpose of the Local List is to:

  • Provide greater certainty to applicants about the type and extent of information required as part of their application at the earliest possible stage.
  • Enable our Planning and Regulatory Committee or our planning officers to have all the information it needs to determine applications in a considered and timely manner.
  • Minimise the need to request additional information from the applicant at a later stage, making the determination process more efficient.
  • Ensure greater consistency in registering and validating applications submitted to us.

The Local List consists of the Introduction and Background, which includes the National Validation Requirements appropriate to all applications, and three annexes containing the local requirements for each of the development types we control.

Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) Planning Advice and forms may also be required as part of your application.

Applicants are encouraged to supply as much information upfront as possible to reduce the need for pre-commencement conditions.


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