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Planning Portal
PLEASE NOTE: Over the next year we will be reviewing this website and, where appropriate, relevant information will be transferred to the nidirect or Department for Infrastructure websites. For example, information such as general planning guidance, links to Public Access, application forms etc will be moved to the nidirect website. Practical guidance documents and information on planning legislation and policy will be moved to the DfI website. Once all relevant information and documents have been transferred to their new location, this website will be closed.
The planning system makes sure the right things are built in the right places, be it houses, shops, parks, community centres or energy plants. But it is also about the ability to shape and change the character, look and feel of the places where we live, work or visit. Responsibility for planning in Northern Ireland is shared between the 11 local councils and the Department for Infrastructure (the Department).
The 11 councils are responsible for:
  • Local development planning – creating a plan which will set out a clear vision of how the council area should look in the future by deciding what type and scale of development should be encouraged and where it should be located;
  • Development management – determining the vast majority of planning applications;
  • Planning enforcement – investigating alleged breaches of planning control and determining what action should be taken.
The Department is responsible for:
The majority of queries relating to the planning process and planning applications should be directed to your local council’s planning office where experienced officers will be able to advise you.


Information and links for Consultees in relation to the online consultation system only. Members of the public wishing to view, track or submit comments on a current planning application should use the Public Access site.
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