New Planning Portal goes live

Date published: 05 December 2022


A new planning portal is now operational from today, Monday 5 December.

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The new portal will provide a modern streamlined service making it easier for users to engage with the planning process by submitting and reviewing applications online, reporting breaches of planning control and submitting requests for regional planning applications.

The ability to submit planning applications online will transform the system by putting online and paperless submissions at the heart of the business model, making the planning process more accessible for customers as well as supporting sustainable development across Northern Ireland.

The new portal was funded by the Department for Infrastructure and 10 councils and replaces the existing Northern Ireland Planning Portal (NIPP) which had reached the end of its operational life.

With over 12,000 planning applications submitted each year this is the largest joint IT project between central and local government to date in Northern Ireland.

Anyone wishing to submit a planning application or track or comment on an application will need to create a new user account when using the system for the first time, including those who currently hold a Public Access account.

Demonstration videos of how to submit an online planning application and to search and view applications are available at:

Further details are also available at:

Notes to editors: 

  1. The portal was developed by TerraQuest who won the contract to deliver the modern, user-friendly system on behalf of the Department and ten local councils, as well as providing on-going support for the new system until at least 2030.      
  2. The 10 Councils are Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Ards and North Down Borough Council, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Belfast City Council, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Fermanagh and Omagh District  Council, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.   Mid Ulster District Council did not participate in the project 
  3. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office at:
  4. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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