New NI Planning Portal Launches on 5 December 2022
We can confirm that the new Planning Portal will be launched on Monday 5 December 2022 for 10 of the 11 Councils in Northern Ireland and the Department for Infrastructure (excludes Mid Ulster).
This will allow customers to:
- submit planning applications online
- view, comment on and track live planning applications online
- report breaches of planning control online (enforcement complaints)
- submit requests for regional property certificates online
A public register where customers can search for and view historical applications will also be provided. As part of the preparations for this, the current system will close over the weekend of 18 - 20 November 2022 to facilitate data extraction. It will become available again on Monday 21 November but will be limited to read only access for most users.
This includes Planning staff and Consultees and means that there will be reduced capacity to process cases during this transition period. Therefore some delays are likely to occur for both new and existing cases in the system at that time.
The Councils and Department will continue to accept new planning applications during the transition period but copies of the submitted forms and plans will not be made available online until the new Planning Portal is launched. These applications will continue to be checked by staff offline in preparation for being uploaded and will be advertised, neighbour notified and consultations issued once the new Planning Portal is up and running.
The current Public Access website will continue to be available during the transition period from 21 November onwards so that citizens can view applications but it will no longer accept online comments or track applications. Instead customers can submit their comments to us via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to either of the following addresses:
- Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Planning Department, Oifig Dhún Pádraig, Downpatrick Office, Downshire Civic Centre, Ardglass Road, BT30 6GQ
- Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Planning Department, Oifig an Iúir, Newry Office, Monaghan Row, Newry, BT35 8DJ
In addition, Public Access user details will not be transferred. Therefore, if you currently have a Public Access account, this will close and the details will be deleted when the website is taken offline. Should you wish to use the tracking or comment features on the new Planning Portal or to submit an application online, you will need to create a user account upon first use of the new system after it launches.
If you have any queries, please contact the Council's Planning Service:
T: 0330 137 4036