Legislation and advice

Find out more about the relevant legislation, guidance and advice.


How to view the legislation that governs the Planning Act 2008 process.


Government guidance on a range of matters relating to the Planning Act 2008 process.

Advice notes

The Planning Inspectorate has published its own series of advice notes about a range of process matters.

National Policy Statements

Find out what National Policy Statements (NPSs) are, what they include and how they fit into the Planning Act 2008 process.

Consents Service Unit

Provides information on the Consents Service Unit within the Planning Inspectorate that became operational in April 2013.

Register of advice

View the advice the Planning Inspectorate has provided in respect of the Planning Act 2008 process. Note that after a project page has been created for a particular application, any advice provided that relates to it will also be published under the ‘s51 advice’ tab on the relevant project page.