Smarter Planning

Guidance for professionals

Smarter Planning promotes a more efficient way of submitting planning applications.

Signing up to Smarter Planning will:

  • help local authorities process your applications more efficiently
  • save you time and money
  • cut your carbon footprint.

To sign up to Smarter Planning, all you need to do is complete a short validation exercise about your working practices with a Planning Portal account manager (by telephone or visit as required) and implement any changes required to improve those practices.

Once confirmed, participants will be designated as a Smarter Planning champion and be entitled to display the Smarter Planning logo on their website.

We suggest that accredited agents display the following text next to the logo:

'We have been awarded Smarter Planning champion status by the Planning Portal. This confirms our commitment to follow best practice guidelines when submitting planning applications.

View a list of the planning professionals that have already achieved Smarter Planning champion status (last updated in March 2017).

If you would like further information about becoming a Smarter Planning champion, please download our professional toolkit or complete our short survey to register your interest.