Changes to Belfast City Council Planning Service

Application Checklist – Phase 1 of new information requirements

In November 2018 Planning and Building Control at Belfast City Council published two key documents for the planning service.

The Guide to the Planning Application Process provides guidance on the development management process and how Planning and Building Control handle planning applications. The Guide sets out their commitment to good customer service and timely decision-making.

Key to the success of the planning application service is making sure they have the right information at the beginning of the process. The Application Checklist advises customers what information they need to provide with their planning application. This sets out both the basic information needed to make an application valid (Table 1) and other supporting information (Table 2), which they need to make a full assessment of the proposal.

From Monday 07 January 2019 Planning and Building Control will be strictly applying the information requirements set out in the Application Checklist for the following Local planning applications:

  • 10 residential units and above
  • Commercial proposals of 1,000 sqm or more
  • Sites of 0.5ha and above

Planning and Building Control will check whether you have submitted the right information when they receive your application. If you have not provided the information required in both Tables 1 and 2 of the Application Checklist they will write to you and ask you to submit it within 14 days. If you are unable to provide the information in time arrangements will be made for the application to be returned (including the fee) so that you can submit it again when all the information is ready.

If you choose to ask for your application to be decided without the necessary information, then there is a risk that it will be refused and your fee will not be returned.

Further information on the Application Checklist can be found at the following link:

Planning and Building Control are very keen to hear your feedback on the Guide to the Planning Application Process and Application Checklist. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let them know by contacting or by writing to them at the address below:

Planning and Building Control

Belfast City Council

4-10 Linenhall Street