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Planning Portal House

The Planning Portal

Responsible for digitising the planning application process in 2002, today the Planning Portal delivers end to end online planning and building control application services for England and Wales, processing over 90 percent of all planning applications. 

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Online application services

Apply online for planning permission and building control approval

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Planning and building guidance

Access comprehensive, clear guidance on permitted development rules

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Find a Trade Professional

Access our partner directories to search for planning and building professionals

Your Complete Service

From project research and finding a tradesperson, to submitting your application along with payment and plans, the Planning Portal offers a complete application service. 

  • Online planning and building control applications
  • Online payment system
  • Comprehensive, authoritative guidance and interactive tools
  • Directories of trade professionals
  • Planning insight data
  • Legislation and policy library

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Online Application Service for Wales

We deliver and manage the Welsh Government’s online service, Planning Applications Wales, in English and Welsh languages.

The system benefits from:

  • Region and Language switcher
  • White-labeling e.g. branding, logo, colours
  • Maintenance & Support
  • Bilingual Service Desk

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Understanding planning rules with TerraQuest Interactive House

Our interactive experience explains the permitted planning rules and building regulations for over 50 common projects around the home that apply to detached, semi-detached, terrace, flats and shops. 

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Head Office:

0333 323 4589

Frequently Asked Questions


Generally speaking, planning rules determine whether you can go ahead with a building project and building regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings.

You can apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, visit www.planningportal.co.uk/apply. Once you have registered you will be able to create, attach documents and pay for your application before submitting to the Local Planning Authority.

We have a vast amount of information on the Planning Portal to help you find out about planning permission and building regulations. This information can be found in our Common projects section which contains planning and building regulations guidance on over 50 common householder and smaller commercial projects. Start your journey from the homepage and choose the yellow button ‘Do you need planning permission?’ From here you can navigate directly to the ‘Common projects’ section and locate the project you want to find information about or choose to explore our detailed homeowner project advice by choosing ‘Explore our guidance’.