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Belfast planning service

  • New Planning Portal for Northern Ireland

    The current Public Access Portal (link opens in new window) is available but limited to read-only access for most users. 

    A new Planning Portal will be launched on Monday 5 December for 10 of the 11 councils in Northern Ireland (including us) and the Department for Infrastructure (DfI).

    Find out more about the new planning portal

  • New planning applications

    We ask you to submit new applications by email to, following our guidance document.

    You can post planning applications to Belfast Planning Service, Ground Floor, Cecil Ward Building, 4-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BP. However, postal applications may take longer to process than emailed submissions. 

    If you have submitted an application by email and have not received an acknowledgement within five working days, please contact us by emailing We are unable to acknowledge applications submitted by post.

    Commenting on planning applications

    If you would like to comment on a planning application please submit your comments by email to rather than by post. Please make sure that you quote the application reference number and tell us your postal address in case we need to contact you.

    If you have objected to or commented on a planning application we are no longer able to provide written confirmation of the final decision. However, you can track the outcome of a planning application on the Public Access Portal (opens in new window). 

    Planning Committee 

    Our Planning Committee is now operating virtually. More details can be found in the committee section (link opens in new window).

    • We are now undertaking site visits using a risk-based approach. If we need to enter private land to carry out a site inspection, we will contact the applicant or agent to make arrangements. Social distancing rules will be applied at all times. 
    • Duty Planner is now operating as a remote service you can contact by email or telephone.
    • We strongly encourage customers to submit new applications, amended plans and pre-application discussions by email, following the advice in our guidance document
    • Applications, including plans and supporting information, are available to view online on the Public Access Portal website (link opens in new window). If you are unable to access the Planning Portal please contact us by email at or by calling 02890 500 510 and we will make other arrangements to assist you.
  • How to contact us

    Please send all correspondence by email to, as this will make sure it is processed as quickly as possible. You should use this email address for sending new applications, requests for general planning advice or updates on the status of a current planning application. Please include brief details of your enquiry, including your name, address and a contact telephone number and where relevant, the planning application reference number.

    If you don't have access to email, please call 028 9050 0510 to speak to someone who will log your details and arrange for an officer to contact you.

    If you have any other queries or want to suggest potential solutions for overcoming these, please let us know by emailing

  • Planning services for Belfast

    We are responsible for delivering planning functions in Belfast. This involves:

    Our public office, located at 4-10 Linenhall Street, is open from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.

    Call 028 9050 0510

    You can pick up, submit and check the status of an application form, pay fees, and ask to see our duty planning officer for general planning advice.

  • Statement of Community Involvement

    The Statement of Community Involvement sets out our policy for involving the community in the production of the Belfast Local Development Plan and the consideration of planning applications. 

    It describes who, how and when the community will be invited to participate in the different stages of putting together the local development plan and the determination of planning applications.

    The statement will support and supplement the commitments in our Equality Scheme and our responsibilities to consult under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. It also represents a further step towards embedding meaningful consultation into our planning and decision-making processes.

    The revised SCI was agreed by council on 4 December 2017 and approved by the Department for Infrastructure on 29 March 2018, in accordance with Regulation 7 of the Planning (Statement of Community Involvement) Regulations (NI) 2015, Belfast City Council. 

  • Regionally significant planning applications

    The Department for Infrastructure has responsibility for dealing with planning applications that have regional significance. 

    If you have a query relating to a regionally significant planning application you should contact the Department directly. Call 0300 200 7830 or email

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