Finding out how to apply

Northumberland National Park Authority has a number of Validation Checklists which provide guidance on the forms and documents which must be submitted in support of different application types. Application forms and guidance notes for each application type may also be downloaded using the link below.


In line with Planning Practice Guidance on Local Information Requirements, the Northumberland National Park local list has been reviewed on 21st September 2023 by the Head of Planning and Policy.   

After review of the revised National Planning Practice Framework (NPPF) dated September 2023, the Head of Planning & Policy is satisfied that there have been no substantial changes in national policy to warrant a full review of the validation checklist. The local list still remains relevant in relation to the current Northumberland National Park Local Plan adopted July 2020. No changes are proposed and the review is considered to remain as valid for a further two years from this date, or until significant policy or legislative changes come into force.  



Members agreed at Full Authority on 9h December 2020 to delegate Authority to the Chief Executive to agree the finalised local validation checklist to be published. Each of the validation requirements have been reviewed and updated. The Chief Executive approved the updated Local Validation Checklist on 25th January 2021. Copies of the Full Authority Committee Report and Delegated Report are available on request to

The updated checklists will be available below in due course, however until these can be embedded into our website, a copy of the Local Validation Checklist can be found here.

The updated checklists are available below.

Submitting a planning application

The best way to submit a planning application is online via the Planning Portal. Alternatively you may apply by post, email or in person to:

Northumberland National Park Authority
South Park
NE46 1BS