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Useful Tools

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.

Partner tools

Every Useful Tool developed by a partner is evaluated by the Planning Portal to make sure the content meets our quality standards.

Find your Local Authority Building Control team

Use this postcode search to find your local authority building control team and contact them for advice on your building project.

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This service is delivered by LABC (a commercial partner), results courtesy of: HomeandBuild.co.uk

Find Local Plans

Comprehensive information on the status of current and evolving planning policy data covering the UK.

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Location and Site Plan Creator

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.

Create and buy plans

Fee Calculator (England)

The fee calculator helps you work out the cost of any particular planning application, ranging from a simple householder development to large-scale proposals such as housing schemes or industrial estates.

Calculate a fee for England

Fee Calculator (Wales)

The fee calculator helps you work out the cost of any particular planning application, ranging from a simple householder development to large-scale proposals such as housing schemes or industrial estates.

Calculate a fee for Wales

LPA Payment Options Checker

Search by LPA for the payment options they support so you can plan how to pay.

Please note: This tool is updated monthly, therefore may not reflect the most recent changes to LPA payment options.

Download the tool (Excel required)

Screenshot of the LPA Payment Options Checker

Volume Calculator

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.

Launch the Volume Calculator