Frequently asked questions

What is the council's process for planning applications?

Planning applications are decided by the local planning authority in line with its development plan for the area – unless there are very good reasons to not do so. Your local authority should be able to tell you how you can view its development plan.

The Portal has a number of pages on the decision process the application passes through at the local planning authority.

This section includes information on how applications are processed, how long the process is likely to take and what happens after the decision is made.