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Applications currently open for comment

Written comments on the applications listed below should be submitted within 14 days of the date advertised. Please quote the application reference in all correspondence and note that all written representations made, including objections, will be posted online.

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You can also view full details of these applications, including detailed proposals and plans at our public office, by calling 0300 200 7830 (Text Phone 028 9054 0642), or by emailing 

Our responsibilities

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

  • receiving and making decisions on the majority of planning applications 
  • enforcing breaches of planning permission
  • making tree preservation orders 
  • protecting and preserving built heritage
  • producing a local development plan outlining how land should be used and developed in the future.

Northern Ireland Planning Portal

The Northern Ireland Planning Portal is a regional website where you can:

Our planning office

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

From here you can pick up an application form, submit a completed application, pay fees and check the status of an application.

Do I need planning permission?

The type of work you intend to carry out will determine if you need planning permission, the type of application you need to make and if you need building regulation approval.

How to apply for planning permission

Pre-application advice

We offer a pre-application discussion service for you to speak with a Planning Officer and discuss proposals before you make an application.

If you would like to make an appointment, please complete our Pre-Application Discussion form and return to us using the details on the form.

There are three types of planning applications:

  1. Local applications: these are typically smaller, more straightforward application.
  2. Major applications: larger, more complex applications with pre-application requirements. 
  3. Regionally significant applications: these applications will be determined by the Department of Environment.
If you want to submit a major application, you need to before submitting your application.

Forms for local and major applications are available in two ways:

  • . You can either print off the form and complete it by hand, or type your application and then print it off. 
  • You can call into our public office on Linenhall Street and pick up the relevant application form.

Returning your application for planning permission

Your application must be accompanied by the appropriate fee and supporting documentation to be processed.

You can pay your fee in one of two ways:

  • pay by cheque – just make it payable to Belfast City Council 
  • pay by debit or credit card, in person, at our planning offices or over the phone.

Completed application forms and fees can be submitted:

  • by post (please enclose a cheque made payable to Belfast City Council)
  • in person at our public office on Linenhall Street. 
We're unable offer an online application or payment service at this time. 

How we make planning decisions

The type, size and complexity of an application will determine how a decision is made. There are three ways in which a decision can be made:
  • Our Planning Committee will consider all major applications and others it feels may be of significance for the city.
  • A planning officer may have the authority to determine smaller, more straightforward applications.
  • The Department of the Environment will make decisions that have regional significance.
Full details are set out in our Scheme of Delegation.

Request to speak to committee

If you'd like to speak to our planning committee about a planning application, please complete the form below. You need to have the application reference number and you must submit the request at least 48 hours before the committee meeting. You can only speak to committee if you've submitted a written response to an application.

Once we receive your application we will be in touch with more information.

Contact us
Belfast Planning Service
0300 200 7830
Belfast Planning Service
Ground Floor
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street