Frequently asked questions

What does PlanningAlerts do?
It sends you emails of any planning and development applications we find based on the address you give us when you sign up.
Where does the data come from?
We search as many planning authority websites as we can find and forward the data on to you.
What's a planning authority?
Your local planning authority is the part of government that assesses planning and development applications. Depending on where you live, this might be your local council or territory government.
How can I stop receiving alerts?
At the bottom of each email you receive there is a link to unsubscribe from that alert. Just click on it and we'll delete your alert.
Do you cover the whole country?
No, but we are working on it. There is a list of the planning authorities we currently cover here. Not every planning authority publishes their planning data online so some places will always be missing. If your local authority is missing, you could always help out by writing a screen scraper to search their website.
The data in my local area seems out of date. What's going on?
We use screen scrapers to gather planning data from local councils and from time to time their website may change and break our scraper. You can help by providing a donation or volunteering to help us fix it.
Can I help?
Yes please! To be able to cover the whole country we need help in writing screen scrapers to search the websites of every planning authority in the country. If you'd like to write one for your local planning authority get in touch.
Can I have a copy of your data?
Yes. You can use our API.
What kind of license is your data available under?
The data via the API is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license. The license granted in relation to the 'Work' should be read broadly to relate not only copyright but all other IP rights present in this dataset including, for example, any Database rights.
The link to the council development application doesn't take me directly there. What's going on?
Some council web sites require you to click an Agree button before you can view the details of the development application. The problem is they often do not redirect you to your original destination after you click Agree. Usually revisiting the original link again after clicking Agree should take you to the correct details page.