View and comment on planning applications

Search planning applications using Public Access External link

You will need to register to:

  • comment on an application
  • track an application and receive email updates

Weekly and monthly planning lists are available to download from Public Access.

Submit comments by post

You will need to include your full name and the reference number of the application you want to comment on. A letter stating your personal reasons is usually more helpful in our decision making process than if you use a pre-printed form or send in a petition.

Our postal address is:

Planning Services
Leeds City Council
9th Floor, Merrion House
110 Merrion Centre

All comments we receive are displayed on public access but we are not able to respond to individuals.

If comments are considered to be defamatory, irrelevant or offensive, amount to a criminal act, or bring the Council into disrepute, they will be immediately removed in accordance with the law, including the Defamation Act 2013.


Plans, drawings and material submitted to the council have been submitted in order to apply for planning permission and are protected by the copyright acts (section 47 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as amended). You may only use material which is downloaded and / or printed for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner: for example, the applicant or their agent. By clicking on the ‘Search planning applications using Public Access’ button on this page you are agreeing to the above copyright provisions.


The online planning history contained within the site maybe incomplete and should not be relied upon in connection with a property transaction. Anyone wishing to obtain planning information for this purpose is advised to contact Local Land Charges.

Lawful development certificates for existing or proposed development

Lawful development certificates for existing or proposed development in pursuant of Sections 191 and 192 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 are determined based on a legal test and a matter of fact. For that reason these types of application are not subject to consultation. If the local planning authority is satisfied that the appropriate legal tests have been met it will grant a lawful development certificate.

The Lawful Development certificate is a legal document stating the lawfulness of the past, present or future building use, operations, or other matters. If granted by the Local Planning Authority, the certificate means that enforcement action cannot be taken against the development referred to in the certificate.

However, the certificate will not protect from enforcement action by the planning authority if the specified use is then changed ‘materially’ without a planning application for it.

The certificate is not a planning permission. The planning merits of the use, operation or activity in the application are not relevant. The issue of a certificate depends entirely on factual evidence about the history and planning status of a building or other land and the interpretation of any relevant planning law or judicial authority. The responsibility is on the applicant to provide evidence to support the application.

The only information therefore that is shown on our Public Access website is that prescribed by Regulations relating to a precise description of the application and a copy of the decision notice.