Photograph of some housing estate plans

We now have responsibility for delivering planning functions within the Council area.

As part of local government reform, Planning which was previously delivered through the Department of the Environment Planning Office (DOE), transferred to local Councils on 1 April 2015.

Make a Planning Application via the Planning Portal website

In this section you can:

Our new powers include:

  • Developing a local plan which will set out what the council area should look like and how land should be used and developed
  • Making decisions on the majority of planning applications 
  • Investigating alleged breaches of planning control and determining what enforcement action should be taken 
  • Protecting and preserving the built heritage of the borough 

The DOE will retain responsibility for deciding regionally significant and called-in applications. It will also set regional planning policy and legislation, provide oversight and guidance, and monitor the performance of councils, providing support where needed. Planning officers from the Department of the Environment have transferred to councils and are now council employees.

General enquiries about planning procedures or progress on initiatives should be addressed to:

Planning Office County Hall
182 Galgorm Road
BT42 1QF

T: 0300 200 7830