New Planning Portal

A new Planning Portal will be launched on Monday 5 December for 10 of the 11 Councils in Northern Ireland and the Department for Infrastructure.

This will allow customers to:

  • submit planning applications online
  • view, comment on and track live planning applications online
  • report breaches of planning control online (enforcement complaints)
  • submit requests for regional property certificates online

A public register where customers can search for and view historical applications will also be provided.

As part of the preparations for this, the current system will close over the weekend of 18 – 20 November 2022 to facilitate data extraction. 

It will become available again on Monday 21 November but will be limited to read only access for most users.  This includes Planning staff and Consultees and means that there will be reduced capacity to process cases during this transition period.  Therefore some delays are likely to occur for both new and existing cases in the system at that time. 

The Councils and Department will continue to accept new planning applications during the transition period but copies of the submitted forms and plans will not be made available online until the new Planning Portal is launched.  These applications will continue to be checked by staff offline in preparation for being uploaded and will be advertised, neighbour notified and consultations issued once the new Planning Portal is up and running.

The current Public Access website will continue to be available during the transition period from 21 November 2022 onwards so that citizens can view applications but it will no longer accept online comments or track applications.  Instead customers can submit their comments to us via:

E: or by post:

Planning Office
Silverwood Business Park
190 Raceview Road
BT42 4HZ

In addition, Public Access user details will not be transferred.  Therefore, if you currently have a Public Access account, this will close and the details will be deleted when the website is taken offline.  Should you wish to use the tracking or comment features on the new Planning Portal or to submit an application online, you will need to create a user account upon first use of the new system after it launches.

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