The Department's duty and powers to carry out its functions in relation to planning have a legal basis. Follow the links provided for more detail about planning legislation in general and some explanation of the relationship between certain pieces of legislation.
Before making new legislation or amending existing legislation the Department generally consults the public and key stakeholders on its proposals.
Further information on planning legislation can be found in the Advice and Guidance section. This is categorised into the following areas:
All Planning Legislation
This section lists all Primary Legislation, Subordinate Legislation and Legislative Directions relevant to Planning in Northern Ireland.
Key Planning Legislation
This section references some of the main pieces of planning legislation and relevant amendments.
Understanding Permitted Development and Use Classes
This section covers the three pieces of planning legislation which control the development and use of land.