Search and comment on planning applications

Essential upgrades to online planning application system

We have been working over the weekend on 28th-29th and on Monday 30th April. During this time we have successful implemented the first phase of our planned upgrades to our on-line planning application system and our back office systems. These include; Planning, Licensing, Building Control, Total Land Charges and Street Name and Numbering systems. The on-line planning application system is now available again. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The second phase is scheduled for 26th-31st July. This work is to make sure:

  • We can offer you the best experience when searching and commenting on planning applications;
  • and we are compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

We will continue to make every effort to minimise disruption but the on-line planning application system will be unavailable from 5.00pm on 27th July until 9.00am on 2nd August.

If you wish to make a comment on a planning application or view documents and the system is unavailable, the publicity period will be extended to ensure that you have, at the very least, the statutory minimum of 3 weeks in which to do so before an planning application is determined.

Search for a planning application

The search window on the system has several tabs for different forms of search:

  • Simple: enter a keyword, reference number, postcode or single line of an address;
  • Advanced: enter more criteria to narrow the search target;
  • Weekly / monthly: see all the applications, either validated or decided, for a specified period;
  • Map: use the map to see all the applications within an area.

We aim to make planning applications and associated documents available to view within 24 hours of being validated.

Using the Planning public access system

How to register

To register on the Planning public access system, visit: Register on the Planning public access system

You will receive an email with a link to confirm registration. Please click on the link promptly.

If you do not receive the email, check your Junk mail. All emails from the Public access system come from .

If you have already registered your email address, you will receive the message, 'A user has already registered with that email address'. To reset your password, visit: Change password .

Email alerts

To receive email alerts about applications of interest:

  • for notification of consultations, letters of representation, amended plans and status changes:
    • Search for the application of interest and select the 'Track application' option;
  • for notification of applications received and validated in a specified area:
    • define the search criteria using the 'Advanced search' option and select the 'Save search' option.

Opening documents

If you cannot open the PDF file attachments on planning applications: under the 'Documents' tab, right-click the PDF and select “Save Target As...”.


Comment on an application

Before you make a comment, please read: PDFComment on planning portal privacy notice [PDF 40KB] , which tells you how we will handle your information.

To comment on an application online, you must register your details to create an account on the Planning public access system:

Your comments can be any length, but the system will time you out after 60 minutes if you have not used it. Please indicate if you want an email acknowledgement.

Alternatively, you can submit your comments in writing, including the planning application reference number to Planning services, Northgate House, Northgate, Halifax HX1 1UN.

Please print your name rather than sign the letter, and don't include personal email addresses or phone numbers. Your letter will be scanned and added to the website. You will not receive an acknowledgement.

When we receive your comment, the case officer allocated to deal with the application will review and take into consideration all the comments received during the assessment of the application. Any planning issues raised will be summarised in the report.

When making a comment, please note:

Planning application timescales
  1. Timescales

    Applications can be publicised in a number of ways, by neighbour notification letter, site notice or press notice. You are advised to submit your comments within three weeks of the start of this publicity. Whilst we have to take in to account any comments submitted up to the point an application is determined, we can determine an application once the publicity period has expired.

  2. You can find out when this three week period expires by viewing the 'Important Dates' tab of the application:  Search for a planning application

    Because more than one method of publicity can be used, check the Neighbour Consultation, Latest Advertisement and Latest Site Notice expiry dates for the end of the publicity period.

  3. Anonymous letters

    We do not consider anonymous letters of representation. We will only consider those that include a name and postal address. If you email us a letter of representation rather than submitting your comments online, the e-mail will be returned to you if you don't include a postal address.

    If you aren't comfortable having your name and address publically available you can raise concerns about an application with a Ward Councillor. Contact details can be found by searching for an application and selecting Contacts.

  4. Permitted groups for objection

    Comments should be relevant and related to planning issues.

    We will consider:

    • the environmental qualities of the surrounding area or the visual character of a street (this includes the scale, design and materials of buildings and the landscaping of a site);
    • the amenity and privacy of dwellings;
    • the character of an area in other senses (in terms of noise or other forms of pollution);
    • road safety (both directly as in the case of a dangerous access or indirectly in terms of car parking and traffic generation);
    • public services, such as drainage and water supply;
    • public proposals for using the same land;
    • public rights of way;
    • the need to safeguard valuable resources such as good farmland or mineral reserves.

    We will not consider:

    • the loss of an attractive view;
    • the fear that an objector's house might be devalued;
    • 'trade objections' from potential competitors;
    • moral objections, for instance against betting shops, lottery kiosks or amusement arcades.
  5. Defamatory, libellous, offensive or abusive content

    Where letters are received that could be considered to be defamatory, libellous, offensive or abusive they will not be considered as part of the application assessment or made public and if considered appropriate they may be forwarded to the Police for further investigation.

Amended plans

Sometimes schemes are amended and revised plans are submitted. These will be made available online within 24 hours of being received.

Note: If the changes are considered to be very minor, we will not publicise the amendments and will not invite comments from the public. Otherwise further publicity will be carried out, asking for the public to comments.


Legal decisions and information on public access

You should not rely on public access documents in connection with property or legal transactions.

You are advised to carry out a 'local land charges search', through the Council’s Local Land Charges section.

Note: No responsibility will be taken for any errors or omissions in the planning history information obtained from public access. Also, information contained in public access, does not constitute, in any way, a formal notification of a planning decision. As such, any actions taken as a result of information displayed on public access are undertaken entirely at the viewer’s own risk.

Calderdale Council reserves the right to remove or not display planning application information for confidentiality, or other reasons.


Planning documents available online

These are the documents available on the Planning public access system:

By date

Dates Type of document available
June 2004 onwards

Application forms, plans and supporting information, officer notes and decision notices.

For applications validated after 14th May 2012, comments from the public or consultee responses are also available online.

2003 - June 2004 Plans, decision notices and officer reports.
2002 - 2003 Plans and decision notices.
Mid 1996 - 2002 Decision notices only.
1993 - mid 1996 Application forms, plans and supporting information, officer notes and decision notices.
1988 - 1992 Decision notices.

By type

Type Documents
Applications to approve Details reserved by condition (DISCs / COMPs) and applications for non material amendments (NMAs) Application forms, plans and supporting information, officer notes (NMAs only) and decision notices.
Advert files 2008 onwards Forms and drawings. From May 2012, comments from the public and consultee responses.
Tree preservation orders (TPOs) 2007 - 2009 Comments from the public from 14th May 2012


To view any other documents, please phone Planning Services .


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