Our responsibilities

The next Planning Committee meeting is on Tuesday 5 February and the schedule of planning applications will be published on the Council’s website www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/planning on 23 January.

We are responsible for delivering planning functions in Ards and North Down.  This involves:

  • receiving and making decisions about most planning applications 
  • enforcing planning control where there are breaches of planning permission
  • making tree preservation orders 
  • protecting and preserving built heritage
  • producing a local development plan outlining how land should be used and developed in the future


Our enforcement strategy explains:

  • how we investigate written complaints about planning breaches
  • enforcement action we can take