Planning permission for building work
Who deals with planning permission?We do not deal with planning permission. Planning NI does this.
The planning system controls:
- how we use land
- what we build
- and where we build it.
In general you need planning permission for:
- all new buildings
- most building works that change the appearance of a building from the outside, such as extensions and dormer windows to a house.
- changes to the inside of buildings
- some small alterations to the outside may be considered as permitted development.
Planning NI is an agency within the Department of the Environment which prepares and adopts documents called development plans, and also administers a development control system that helps to balance the need for uses of land and buildings such as homes, offices, factories and schools with the wish to protect and improve the environment.
Planning NI decides whether or not to allow proposals to build on land or change the use of buildings or land. Applications will be assessed and planning permission may be granted or refused.