Planning Portal

PublicAccess for Planning Applications

An updated version of PublicAccess was launched on 15th September 2015 and gives you the ability to:
  • Register as a user to search and track planning applications throughout the life cycle of the planning process
  • Submit online comments on planning applications
  • PublicAccess User Guide (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 3247 KB)

Please read the information below carefully before using this application

Clicking the link below is an acknowledgement that you have read, understood and agreed to the basis upon which planning application information is provided by PublicAccess, the limitations of PublicAccess, its use, copyright and other limitations. [See appropriate sections for further details]
Important Information about viewing documents via the PublicAccess Website
The latest version of Public Access supports a wider range of web browsers including versions of IE 9 and upwards along with Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.
Please note - it may be necessary to disable the pop-up blocker within your browser for planningni.gov.uk to allow documents to be displayed.
If you are still using IE8 please follow the guide below:-
To view documents associated with planning applications using the Internet Explorer 8 Web Browser you must ensure that compatibility view has been set on.
To turn on compatibility view on Internet Explorer 8, open the Tools menu and click the option marked Compatibility View. Close the browser and reopen Internet Explorer 8. Documents associated with the planning application you selected will now be available to view.

Important Information about Planning Applications on the PublicAccess Website

PublicAccess contains basic details of planning applications received since 1973.
However plans, maps, drawings and other associated documents such as consultation responses are only available for planning applications received after the roll-out of the planning portal during 2010.  Therefore the amount of information available on each application will depend on when the application was received in a division and when that particular division went live on the planning portal – this occurred over a period of several months during 2010.
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of data on the site, the online planning application records were migrated from a legacy IT system. Therefore it is possible that errors or omissions may be present.
If you wish to view the details of any application not on Public Access, please contact your Local Council's Planning Office.
If you encounter any errors or technical problems when using Public Access, these should also be reported to the Local Council's Planning Office for which the planning application relates.  If you encounter the same errors or technical problems when viewing planning applications from different local council districts, there is no need to report the error to each council but to instead include this information when reporting the incident to at least one local council.
Any other generic Planning Portal queries can be directed to Planning.Portal@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk
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