How to view applications
View applications online
You can find, view and comment on current planning applications via online services.
An application can be found by:
- its reference number (preferred option)
- the date on which the application was included in the weekly publications list
- the site address
- the digital map
Once an application has been found, you can view the file online.
Online planning archive
Planning applications are retained at our office in hard copy until archived. As files are scanned for archive, the images are added to Planning Online and available to view as an electronic record. Images for these applications are accessible to the public via online services where image size allows.
The archive for planning records prior to 2003 are only available as microfilm at the Department’s counter.
Please note that the Department has in place a disposal policy which allows for the disposal of planning application files once their business need is complete. Archive detail after disposal thereafter is dependent on the scanned images retained. Planning records prior to 1984 have been through a selection process and formal ownership of the files passed formally to the Office of Public Records.
- The digital map function of the online service allows users to navigate the island, zoom into a chosen location and, once close enough, activate the planning applications in that area. This includes planning applications since 1984
- Where a planning application is retrieved via the online service, electronic images of the application paperwork may be viewed online. In managing this facility every effort is made to keep all images to a retrievable the size however some cannot be viewed via the online facility where they exceed 4MB. Where an image is too large to view the hard copy will be available at the Department’s first floor counter (see address below) or the local authority in which the application is located