Most new buildings or major changes to existing buildings or to the local environment need consent - known as planning permission. Without a planning system everyone could construct buildings or use land in any way they wanted, no matter what effect this would have on other people who live and work in their area.
Your local planning authority is responsible for deciding whether a development - anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre - should go ahead. Find your local planning authority.
The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012. This is a key part of Government reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, to protect the environment and to promote sustainable growth.
This section provides an overview of the planning system in England, including information about planning permission and how you can get involved in local decision making.
Learn more about installing renewable energy systems in your home such as solar panels, wind turbines and biomass heaters. You can also find out about energy-saving measures such as cavity wall insulation, glazing and heating.
Find out more about the legal framework which underpins the planning system in England, including key Acts of Parliament, Government Circulars, Planning Policy Statements and links to live consultations.
Learn more about the process for making an appeal against a planning decision or non-determination of an application, search for an existing appeal and make a comment on it, or submit an appeal online.
Practical guides to specialist areas of the planning system, e.g. mobile phone masts and sports clubs, etc
Access a range of useful advice and tools for submitting online planning applications via the Portal.
The Planning Portal works with local authorities to deliver key efficiencies within the planning process, such as the introduction of the online application service. Find out other ways the Portal can help LPAs.