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Feb 15, 2018
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Nov 2, 2015
Members update and troubleshooting guide

Oct 22, 2015
Map Search - problem with IE

Apr 29, 2015
Data issues with transition to New Councils

Jun 27, 2011
Environmental Assessment - new publication

Aug 2, 2010
Planning Enforcement - new publication



Specialist Publications by Planning Online

Important new book (published October 2016)

planning and judicial review case summaries 1976-2016

by William Orbinson QC and Fionnuala Connolly BL

This book is the definitive guide for planning and judicial review in Northern Ireland.  It allows those working in the fields of planning, development and the environment to identify and access with ease readily digestible outline information about decisions of the Northern Ireland High court and Court of Appeal on judicial review applications addressing planning and related environmental issues.

Available only from Planning Online Price GBP45 (includes 12 months access to online version and digital updates).

Email info@planningonline.co.ukto order this book.



 Planning Appeals Principles (4th edition)

 by William Orbinson QC Published by Planning Online.

This detailed  and well - researched publication sets out the principles used by the PAC in deciding planning appeals in Northern Ireland.

Essential reading for planning, property and legal practitioners in Northern Ireland.  The author examines the principles behind the decision-making process of the Planning Appeals Commission, fully updated and rewritten to take account of decisions since the publication of the last edition in 2008, many of which relate to applications for renewable energy developments.

View a synopsis of this book - HERE (includes information on online version)

Download an order form - HERE

 Other specialist planning books for practitioners in Northern Ireland

By William Orbinson QC

Renewable Energy Update 2014

William Orbinson QC has developed a particular expertise in renewables, providing renewable energy developers with specialist legal advice and advocacy on all aspects of their schemes. He has advised clients on such vital issues as policy compliance, EIA & habitats, cumulative visual impact, active peat guidance, and judicial review. Planning Online is delighted to offer William's latest book, Renewable Energy Update 2014, in which he reviews all European, GB, NI and ROI cases and policy on renewable energy up to the end of 2013 with particular emphasis on wind farm development. This book is available only from Planning Online, price 25 GBP. Please email us on info@planningonline.co.uk for an order form.

Environmental Assessment Update by William Orbinson QC - Published by Planning Online June 2011.

In this book, William examines and analyses recent cases and decisions in this increasingly important area of planning. The book is available from the publishers Planning Online.

Safeguarding Assets

by William Orbinson QC - Published by Planning Online in 2010

In this book, the author examines the PAC's approach to Planning Enforcement in Northern Ireland. He sets out the various grounds on which an Enforcement Notice can be quashed with many interesting examples from actual cases. A useful reference book for legal and planning practitioners.

Bill Morrison, planning consultant  comments "Every enforcement official will want to keep a copy of this by the bedside, but the real value in the book is for practitioners looking to inform clients and mount well-supported argument at appeal. A better understanding of the PAC approach helps everyone involved in the process.

The book is available now from Planning Online by mail order. Published May 2010; A4 limpback format;   To order email info@planningonline.co.uk ring 028 4277 1080


Use Planning Online to find and view details of all planning applications and decisions in Northern Ireland.


Site updated to 11 Mar 2018


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REGULAR UPDATES: Planning Online is updated every week (usually on Tuesday) with the previous week's new data (ie Planning Applications received and Decisions issued by DoE Planning (Northern Ireland).


Any problems with the weekly updates or missing data are reported in News section on this page.


CAUTION - Users please take care when searching by District Council. All applications from 01/04/2015 have reference numbers with the 11 new Council District codes. Decisions for Applications made before that date will continue to use reference numbers with the 26 previous District codes. Separate searches using both new and old Districts are required to find results for the different time periods.


What is Planning Online?

Planning Online is the most comprehensive source of Northern Ireland planning information available online, with information on every planning application in Northern Ireland since 1973 (over 800,000 entries). Our database holds basic information on the earlier applications, and more detail for applications from 1999. Full information including copies of application forms, maps, drawings, correspondence and consultee responses are available for all applications made after 01/7/2010.There is a lot more information on planning issues including Planning Appeal reports and summaries.


How does it work?

Our powerful and flexible search system enables users to search using a variety of parameters and to see the results presented on a map base with pins linked to full information on each application. It is easy to use and very fast.


Who uses Planning Online?

Planning Online has been used since 1999 by many property professionals working in Northern Ireland who require access to accurate and reliable planning information. Regular users work on an annual subscription basis which gives them unlimited access. Many individuals also use planning online on an occasional basis through our 1-day access facility, with online payment, available 24-7-365!


1-day access for 10 pounds

Use this for Instant access to our comprehensive databases and find all the planning applications in your area.

  1. Register Click on register on home page and submit your details to receive a password
  2. Login Click on login icon on home page and at login page enter your username and password. This will take you to MyHomePage.
  3. Make your payment Use PayPal or your credit card to make payment and you can then access the search systems, Planning Search, Map Search and Historical Search.

To sample how the system works you can use FREEsearch on this page to view basic information on recent Applications and Decisions. To view the detailed data you can purchase a 1-day access or a full annual subscription.


Professional and business users requiring access on a regular basis will find that an Annual Subscription will usually be better value. Contact us by email for more details info@plannningonline.co.uk


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