The Northern Ireland Planning Monitoring Framework 2019/20 has been published today

Date published: 22 December 2020

Planning statistics from the Northern Ireland Planning Monitoring Framework for 2019/20 are now available.

Statistical press release

The statistical bulletin includes details of performance across the three statutory targets for major development applications, local development applications and enforcement cases alongside a suite of additional indicators that are intended to provide a more comprehensive assessment of planning activity. The bulletin presents a summary of the indicators for Northern Ireland, as well as relevant indicator data for each local planning authority.  

The framework has been developed by the Department for Infrastructure in collaboration with local planning authorities, and has been informed by best practice in other jurisdictions.

The statistical bulletin and associated Excel tables are available on the Department for Infrastructure website at:

Notes to editors: 

Background to Northern Ireland Planning Monitoring Framework 2019/20.

  1. This is the second annual publication in the series of statistical bulletins related to Development Management (Planning) functions. The Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 sets out the legislative framework for development management and provides that, from 1 April 2015, councils now largely have responsibility for this planning function.  This statistical bulletin reports on activity in 2019/20 (1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020).
  2. The current classification hierarchy for planning applications came into effect on 1 April 2014 in advance of the transfer of planning functions to local government from 1 April 2015. The development categories are – major and local development applications, processed primarily by councils, and regionally significant development applications, processed within the Department for Infrastructure.
  3. There are nine indicators within the framework, these include the existing three legislative performance targets related to the processing of local development decisions within an average of 15 weeks; major development decisions within an average of 30 weeks; and processing 70% of enforcement cases to target conclusion within 39 weeks. More details about the framework and all the indicators reported against can be found in the published report at
  4. Electronic copies of the bulletin, associated Excel tables and summary infographic are available free of charge from:

Official Statistics

This is an Official Statistics publication and therefore follows the Code of Practice for Statistics.  You can find further information about the Code of Practice at:

Additional Information

For more information relating to this publication, including additional analysis, breakdowns of data, or alternative formats please contact:

Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch,
Room 4.13c,
Clarence Court,
10 - 18 Adelaide Street,
Town Parks
BT2 8GB     

Telephone: (028) 9054 0046

(Text relay prefix 18001)



ASRB advise customers to make contact through email or by telephone at this time.

  1. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office at
  2. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries 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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