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Find and comment on planning applications

Search for planning applications, appeals and enforcements online by keyword, application reference, postcode or by a single line of an address.

Go to our County Durham online planning application system 

Something not working? email us with 'Public Access' in the subject line.

Read the  Icon for pdf County Durham planning application system user guide (PDF, 791.8kb)  if you need any help in using the system.

Use the system to:

  • search for planning applications
  • view the current status of any application (including the decision if it's been made) and any comments or objections received

Additional functions if you register

Use the system to:

  • post comments or objections online or directly to the case officer, if the consultation period is open
  • receive email notifications of new planning applications based on your search criteria.
  • track individual application progress
  • obtain information about applications in individual Wards or Parishes

Where are your comments / objections published?

Comments are considered as part of the planning process and will be published and visible on the planning application system alongside the original application and supporting documents. Your name and address will be added to the planning application web page, however, your signature, email address and telephone number will not be published. 

If you do not want your name and address to be shown online please do not use our online system to make comments and instead you must contact us by email or in writing, making it clear the information you do not want to be published.

Other ways to comment


When making an objection, remember that we are only able to take certain things into account, such as:

  • possible conflicts with planning policies for the area
  • the height of a proposed building and whether it would overshadow neighbouring properties to an unreasonable extent
  • an increase in noise, disturbance or in the level of traffic that would be harmful - this relates to the proposal itself not to building works
  • the appearance of a proposed building in relation to neighbours and the area

Other issues such as potential devaluation of property, loss of a view or suitability of an applicant are not considered to be valid reasons.

A full list of what can and cannot be taken into account when making a planning decision is available in the  Icon for pdf Material planning considerations (PDF, 255.4kb) document.

Decisions and appeals

Find out how we make planning decisions and how to appeal if you disagree with the outcome or the process to decide it.

Contact us
03000 262 830
Our address is:
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
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