Belfast City Council Planning Service recommends online applications


In 2020, the Belfast City Council Planning Service introduced new processes to enable applicants to submit planning applications and Pre Application Discussion (PAD) requests by e-mail. The service is still operating remotely and whilst applications can be submitted by post, online applications are encouraged.

Guidance on how to submit an application or PAD request by e-mail is provided on the Belfast City Council website. Applications and PAD requests should be submitted by e-mail to

The Planning Service office remains closed to the public and they are unable to receive hand-delivered applications at present. The Council advises that the best way of submitting applications is by e-mail.