SharePoint – Access Denied For User With Full Control When Creating a List Template

Scenario: The user has Full Control to a SharePoint Document Library, however when the user tries to create a list template they see an Access Denied error, similar to the one below.

SharePoint 2010 Access Denied

This could be related to MOSS 2007 or SharePoint 2010 and maybe SharePoint 2013 too.

Solution: User needs Design rights on the List Template Gallery found under Site Settings > List Template Gallery.

  • Create new Permission level with ‘Manage Lists’ and ‘View Items’ options checked under ‘List Permissions’. Also, check the ‘View Pages’ and ‘Open’ permissions under ‘Site Permissions’.
  • Go back to Site Settings > Site Permissions and create a new custom group. Leave the group empty.
  • Go back to the Site/List Template Gallery > library permissions and click ‘Grant Permissions’. Bring up the directory window and type the name of the custom group you created in the previous step.
  • Select the ‘Grant users permissions directly’ radio button and check the new Permission level created above.
Derek Halstead is a SharePoint consultant as well as the founder and principal of and He has 16 years of experience in the IT industry, with over ten years focused on Microsoft SharePoint. He can be reached by using the Contact Me link in the top menu.
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