Planning permission and appeals


  1. Planning permission

    When you need planning permission, where to apply, what counts as permitted development and how to appeal a planning permission decision

  2. Search the register of planning decisions

    Check out how you can view proposed building plans or developments and object or comment on them through the local council

  3. Appeal or search for a planning decision or notice

    Search for an appeal against a planning decision or notice from your local planning authority, or start a new appeal

  4. Party walls and building work

    When and how to tell neighbours about building works on party walls, what to do if you've been notified of works, how to come to an agreement

  5. Apply to work on a tree that's protected

    You may need to make a 'works to trees' application if they’re protected by a ‘tree preservation order’ (TPO) or you live in a conservation area.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Planning Inspectorate guidance - updated 25 June 2020
  2. Appeals: how long they take
  3. 2020 Rights of Way order information: Decisions and maps
  4. Appeals: average time they take broken down by stage
  5. Appeal a community infrastructure levy notice under Regulation 117, 118 or 119
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Research and statistics

  1. Northern Ireland planning statistics April - June 2019
  2. Northern Ireland Planning Monitoring Framework 2018/19
  3. Northern Ireland planning statistics April 2018 - March 2019
  4. Northern Ireland planning statistics October - December 2018
  5. Independent review of planning appeal inquiries: report
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Independent review of planning appeal inquiries: call for evidence
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Planning Inspectorate spending over £250: May 2020
  2. Planning Inspectorate spending over £250: April 2020
  3. Planning Inspectorate spending over £250: March 2020
  4. Register of Planning Inspectorate Board Member Interests
  5. Planning Inspectorate spending over £250: February 2020
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