The Planning Portal, launched by the UK government in 2002, is the national home of planning and building regulations information and the online planning and building control application service for England.
Around 90 per cent of all planning applications are submitted online through the Planning Portal and since October 2016, users can also submit building control applications online. Each month, around half a million industry professionals and homeowners use the content, services and interactive guides to understand permitted development, planning policy and the Building Regulations. They also buy competitively-priced site location plans and environmental reports, as well as searching for a range of professionals to help with any type of development.
The Planning Portal continues to transform the industry, working in partnership with local authorities and strategic partners to deliver services which simplify the development process.
In 2015, TerraQuest was selected to run the Planning Portal as a joint venture with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. TerraQuest is an established provider of land referencing, development planning, geographic information systems, data and document management services and fully outsourced business process solutions to both the public and private sectors.