The government has simplified the planning system so councils have the freedom to make decisions in the best interests of their area. Councils and communities should be central to a system that achieves socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development.

Detailed guides

  1. Get a licence for coal mining

    How to find out if a coal mining licence or agreement is needed and how to apply. Read more

  2. Apply for support for regeneration projects

    A guide on how to get support for your regeneration project from the Regeneration Investment Organisation (RIO) Read more

  3. Coal mining title deed covenants and legal requirements

    How to deal with covenants and legal requirements contained in title deeds which refer to the Coal Authority and its predecessors. Read more

  4. Heritage properties: prepare a heritage management plan

    Find out what you should include in a heritage management plan, who to consult and the approval process for conditionally exempt properties. Read more

  5. Third party certification schemes for domestic electrical work

    Find out how you can join a third party certification scheme for domestic electrical work. Read more