An applicant, be it an individual householder, larger developer or their agent, wants to be clear whether they need planning permission, and if so, what the process will be.

Some development does not require a planning application as legislation specifies it as 'permitted development' on the basis of being, for example, either minor or uncontroversial development or associated with the existing use of land or buildings.

If planning permission is needed then the development management process will be determined by the scale of the proposed development.

Legislation requires that decisions on planning applications should be made in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

It is important that the information submitted with planning application is of an appropriate quality. Applicants are encouraged to discuss what this means for their planning application as early as possible with the relevant planning authority and interested parties, such as agencies.

E-planning makes the planning system simpler, faster and more accessible. It can be used to:

  • Apply for planning permission
  • Track progress
  • Access policy documents
  • Make comments