Smarter Planning

Guidance for local planning authorities

Note: We are no longer running the Smarter Planning scheme and are not accepting new sign ups, but continue to support existing champions.

Smarter Planning will let local authorities:

  • save time and resources
  • save money
  • reduce carbon.

Local authorities can reap these rewards by:

  • endorsing the Planning Portal as the preferred way of submitting applications
  • promoting best practice guidance for making an application and local
  • providing links on your website to the recommended areas of the Planning Portal
  • communicating electronically both internally and externally
  • working towards a paperless office
  • offer online fee payment or alternatives for quicker registration.

By pledging your commitment to the Smarter Planning scheme, you will be supported by us by adopting these approaches through free training, resources and advice. 

Once practicing Smarter Planning, your local authority will become an approved Smarter Planning champion, as well as benefiting from the efficiency savings you have made.