Please note that when you submit a planning application the information, including plans, drawings and any accompanying design and access statement, will appear on the Planning Register which is publicly available and, along with any other associated documentation submitted as part of the application (with the exception of personal telephone numbers, email addresses or sensitive personal data), will also be published on the internet on the Public Access website.
A fee is payable for most applications for planning permission or consent. However the amount varies depending on the type and/or size of development.
In addition, for some types of consent, e.g. listed buildings and demolition in a conservation area, no application fee is required. There are also some concessions where, subject to particular circumstances, the usual planning fee is reduced or exempt.
Planning fees for Northern Ireland are set by the Department and apply to applications submitted to a council and, as the case may be, the Department. The current planning fees are stipulated in legislation, links to which are provided on the Department’s Planning Legislation webpage.
The Department has also produced an explanatory note for applicants which sets out the current planning fees and helps to clarify when reduced fees or exemptions may be applicable.
If you are unsure about the appropriate fee for your application, you are strongly advised to contact the council’s local planning office in advance of submitting your application to seek clarification. An underpayment will delay the processing of your application until the outstanding balance is paid or it could be made invalid and returned to you.
Further guidance on planning fees has been provided by the Department in Development Management Practice Note 11.
Planning application forms
The Department has produced a suite of generic planning application forms for use in the planning system. These forms can be used for applications made to the councils or, as the case may be, the Department. If you’re unsure about which application form(s) to use, please check with the council / Department directly for clarification before you submit your application. Please note, some councils may have their own branded application forms or supplementary forms available from their websites.
A list of the generic application forms is provided below. They can be downloaded from this website and completed electronically or in hard copy.
- Explanatory notes on applying for planning permission
- PHD - Householder development
The PHD form should only be used for applications for works of alteration / extension to a dwelling or other development for domestic purposes within the curtilage (boundary / garden) of a dwelling (e.g. erection of a garage).
- P1 – Application for permission to develop land
The P1 is the main planning application form for seeking permission to develop land. It must not be used when applying for householder development. The P1 can be used for applications for full or outline planning permission or for approval of reserved matters.
- P1A - Use or storage of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) or other hazardous substances
Additional information required in respect of applications which involve the use or storage of controlled substances or the use or storage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
- P1B - Additional information for mineral workings
Additional information required in respect of applications which will involve the working and winning of minerals.
- P1C – Additional information for a dwelling on a farm
Additional information required for a dwelling on a farm.
- P1D - Crèches and day nurseries or nursing and residential homes
Additional Information required in respect of applications for crèches and day nurseries or nursing and residential homes.
- P1W - Wind farms and single wind turbines
Additional Information required in respect of applications for wind farms or single wind turbines.
- P2 - Planning application certificate under Section 42 of the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011
Declaration of land ownership (this form constitutes a statement of ownership, not proof of ownership). Please note, the P1 form includes a Planning Application Certificate section within it.
- P2A - Notice of application for planning permission / listed building consent
This form is required when the applicant does not own the land subject to the application for planning permission or listed building consent.
- A1 - Application for consent to display an advertisement
The A1 form must be used for applications for consent to display an advertisement.
- LB1 – Application for listed building consent
Listed building consent is required before carrying out any work for demolition, alteration or extension of a listed building (including internal works or objects attached to the structure), which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historical interest.
- PCAC1 - Conservation Area Consent
This form is required for applications for consent to demolish, whether in whole or in part, unlisted buildings within a conservation area.
- LDC1 - Application for certificate of lawful use or development (CLUD) - Existing development
The LDC1 form should be completed when the applicant is seeking a written determination that an existing use of land, operational development or activity in breach of a planning condition is lawful.
- LDC2 - Application for certificate of lawful use or development (CLUD) - Proposed development
This form should be completed when the applicant is seeking a written determination that a proposed use of land or operational development is lawful.
- MDA1 – Application to modify or discharge a planning agreement
This form is to be used for the modification or discharge of a Planning Agreement made under Article 40 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 or Section 77 of the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.
- NMC1 – Application for non-material change following grant of planning permission
This form should be used if you wish to make minor changes to the planning permission you have already received.
- RVC1 - Application for permission to develop land without compliance with conditions previously attached
This form should be used if you wish to remove or vary a condition of a planning permission you have already received.
- PAN1 - Proposal of Application Notice (PAN)
This form should be used by applicants to serve notice on the council of their intention to submit a planning application for major development or to the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) of their intention to submit a planning application for regionally significant development. Applicants must submit this notice at least 12 weeks before submitting the planning application.
Please note, Belfast City Council have developed their own Proposal of Application Notice form which is available from their website (http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/buildingcontrol-environment/Planning/developers.aspx).
- HSC Form - Hazardous substances declaration of land ownership
There is no longer a mandatory prescribed application form for hazardous substances consent. Applicants should therefore contact the local council’s planning office about the requirements for hazardous substances consent and to request the relevant application form. However, one element of the application involves a prescribed form as laid out in the Planning (Hazardous Substances) (No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015. It is a declaration of land ownership and is referred to as the HSC Form.