What is the Council's Planning Service responsible for?
Receiving and making decisions on the majority of planning applications
Enforcing breaches of planning permission
Making tree preservation orders (TPOs)
Producing a local development plan which will outline how land in Mid Ulster should be used and developed in the future
How does the Council make planning decisions?
The Council makes planning decisions through its Planning Committee. The Planning Committee will make decisions about:
The Council will delegate approval decisions to its planning manager for local applications which are not controversial and are in line with planning policy.
Department for Infrastructure
The Department for Infrastructure is responsible for oversight and performance management, planning legislation, regional planning policy, determination of regionally significant developments and 'called-in' planning applications.
If a regionally significant application in the Mid Ulster area is submitted to the Department, it will be available to view on the regional planing portal. Similarly, if a Mid Ulster planning application is 'called in' to be determined by the Department, the Mid Ulster Public Access will only be updated once we have been made aware of the decision.
Find out if you need planning permission
You may need to make a planning application if you want to:
Different rules apply to Listed Buildings, as well as advertisements and signs. Additional controls also apply within Conservation Areas.
Before applying for planning permission it is important to decide whether or not planning permission is actually required. With all building work, the owner of the property (or land) in question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules and legislation.
You can make certain minor changes to your home without planning permission. This is referred to as 'permitted development rights'. The works however, must meet certain conditions. For example, there are dimension restrictions when building an extension within the curtilage of your property.
Regional Planning Property Certificates
Why are Planning Property Certificates needed when buying a property?
Property certificates help to identify if there are any statutory provisions affecting the property and if any legal action has been taken or is pending by the council or other government bodies.
What is included on a Planning Property Certificate?
A planning property certificate provides information on:
the planning history of the property
confirms if the road adjoining the property is looked after by DfI Roads or is private and if there are any road works proposed which may affect the property
confirms if a public water main serves the property
confirms that the sewers are either maintained by NI Water or the property is served by a septic tank
The details provided on the certificate are based on the information available to the consultees at the time of the enquiry
Information about planning applications submitted before 1973 will not appear on the certificate.
Should you require further advice on the need for planning permission, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you require formal confirmation that your proposed or existing works are permitted development you must apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness.