Planning Portal

General advice: Do I need to appoint an agent/consultant?

You are under no obligation to use an agent or planning consultant. However if you are unfamiliar with the planning process in Northern Ireland, you may wish to consider appointing an agent or planning consultant to act on your behalf.

Where can I find a planning consultant?

Information on planning consultants in Northern Ireland can be obtained by using the online directory of planning consultants, produced by Croner.CCH in association with the RTPI.
The Directory allows you to search and identify the most appropriate planning consultant.
A leaflet with details of consultants in your area is also available from the RTPI's Planning Consultants Referral Service. Contact them at

Planning Advice for Communities and Individuals

Community Places provides free, impartial advice and information on planning issues for community groups and individuals who cannot afford to go to engage a private consultant.
Typical issues the advice covers include:
  • how to get information about planning proposals;
  • understanding planning proposals;
  • making objections to proposals;
  • how decisions are made;
  • the complaints and appeals procedures.
Community Places also publishes guides to the planning system and to objecting to planning proposals.
For advice and information telephone (028)90239444 (groups), (028)90235545 (individuals) or email:
Community Places
2 Downshire Place
Great Victoria Street
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