Planning Portal - Online Application Guidance Note
Attaching plans and drawings
All plans and drawings must have a scale bar, key dimensions, the direction of North,
original paper size and scale (e.g. 1:200 at A3) clearly marked on them.
While not compulsory, submitting plans and drawings on A3 will help the LPA process
your application more efficiently. For example, consider placing fewer elevations on
smaller page sizes, even if this means submitting more documents. We would also
recommend only using colour where necessary as this can greatly increase file sizes.
Supporting documents best practice
There are several ways in which you can help the receiving LPA process your
application more efficiently:
Portable Document Format (PDF) is a trusted and reliable open file format used to
convert virtually any document into an easily readable, industry standard
format. Converting, or scanning original drawing files into PDF format reduces the
original file size, while protecting file integrity and preserving source file
Please ensure that the files are orientated correctly when uploaded. The file
should be saved with the orientation it should be viewed in, landscape or portrait.
Wherever possible, try to format your plans and elevations on A3 sheet size (or
reduce the original to A3), this reduces print time and costs for the LPA where
printed copies are required for consultation.
Make sure you always clearly state the original sheet size and drawing scale,
include a scale bar and key dimensions which will enable your drawing to be scaled
accurately on-screen at any size.
If you reduce your original drawing to A3 for submission, ensure you state the
original sheet size and scale, as well as the reduced sheet size (e.g. Scale 1:500 at
A2 original size, reduced to A3). Also ensure that annotations and other text are
legible at the reduced size.
When using compressed file formats (e.g. jpg, pdf, avi, wmv) you should ensure
that the document is of high enough quality and resolution, otherwise you may be
asked to resubmit it.
Do not use exe, zip or other archive formats as these are commonly identified by
security software as high risk and may not be transferred to the LPA correctly.