I have implemented client side people in SharePoint 2019 site in a custom form using plain HTML and jQuery. Requirement is to give user enough permission to use people picker but restrict from add/edit/delete data in Site Contents.

Problem statement: The user with Contribute permission is able to resolve user in people picker. Where as user with Limited Access permission get error in user resolution in people picker.

I tried creating custom permission to meet the requirement. But if I remove edit/delete/add list item permission then client side people picker does not work. Gives following error:

Sorry, we're having trouble reaching the server.

Would appreciate any help, suggestions or pointer to resolve this scenario.

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Per my test, the "View Only" permission level would be enough to be able to resolve user in people picker.

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