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Planning application quick user guide

This is a quick guide to using the Public Access System where you can comment on planning applications.

Once you arrive at the page you will see the welcome page and the option to register near the top of the screen.

Shows the welcome page of Plymouth City Council's Public Access System to review planning applications.

Complete the details as required and you are ready to look up planning applications, current and historic and comment on applications that are currently valid.

Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email, just click on the link and your account will be confirmed. You now have full access to the Planning Application Database.

Important note regarding Passwords: It is important that you use a unique password that you do not use anywhere else and is only used for this system. If you need any help please contact us

Once you have access you can search by address, postcode, and keywords, the system will look for any word you put into it.

You can also use the advanced search, look at our weekly lists, search by property or use the interactive map.

image of the simple search screen in the planning application database

If you want to use the Map function, just click on the link and the city map will appear. You can zoom into any street in the city. If any planning applications are listed they will have a red outline on them. Click inside the outline and the application number and details will appear. If you want more details click on the Application details. 

A picture of a map from the planning application database (Public Access). It shows a map of a street with a red box around where planning applications are listed. It also shows that when you click on the red box you get the address and application number

The Public Access system does so much more. You can track and follow planning applications and be notified of their progress. You can comment on current applications and let us know your views.

If you need any help, please get in touch.