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Planning

Belfast planning service

  • New Planning Portal for Northern Ireland

    A new Planning Portal launched on Monday 5 December 2022 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

    You should submit new planning applications online using the new Planning Portal. 

    Go to planning Portal (link opens in new window)

    You can also 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 online submissions. 

    Commenting on planning applications

    If you would like to comment on a planning application please submit your comments online (link opens in new window) or by email to planning@belfastcity.gov.uk. 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 (opens in new window) on the Planning Portal. 

    Planning Committee 

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

  • How to contact us

    You can contact us by emailing planning@belfastcity.gov.uk. Please include brief details of your enquiry, including your name, address and a contact phone 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 improvements to our service, please let us know by emailing planning@belfastcity.gov.uk.

  • 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 to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

    Call 028 9050 0510
    Email planning@belfastcity.gov.uk

    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 planning@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk

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