Useful Tools are simple guides designed to help you through the planning process. Some of these tools have been created by the Planning Portal; others have been developed by partners.
About Useful Tools from partners
This section has been opened up to let the public and private sector planning community solve problems and develop solutions. Every Useful Tool developed by a partner is evaluated by the Planning Portal to make sure the content meets our quality standards.
Comprehensive information on the status of current and evolving planning policy data covering the UK.
Every planning application needs a location plan and a site plan showing the location and boundaries of the site you are planning to work on. Our accredited partners can ensure you meet requirements.
Electronic planning reduces paper use, postage and related transport costs. Find out how much carbon your applications create and how much you could save by adopting a fully electronic process.
Use our tool to calculate the volume of your works. Most buildings have sloping roofs, making the calculation of volume tricky. Calculating volume can be a factor in deciding whether planning permission is needed.