How to view a planning application online

You can view public access online. By selecting the button, you are agreeing that you have read and understood the terms and conditions. You can view these on this page. 

What is Public Access?

Public Access is an online register of planning applications within the Wakefield District area since 1974. Public Access System has a complete record of images from planning applications made since 2010. It also has an almost complete library of images submitted 1992 - 2010 (major applications excluded). There are no electronic images pre-1992.

Public Access allows the functionality for you to:

  • view and monitor the progress of planning applications online
  • comment on or object to an application online
  • identify if an appeal has been lodged
  • view the result of that appeal where applicable
  • view weekly and monthly lists of applications and decisions
  • set up search profiles and be automatically notified by email.

Terms and conditions

Commenting on or objecting to applications

Please be aware that all comments submitted by you are a matter of Public Record and will be placed on our website for inspection by the public. When submitting your comment, please:

  • do not include your signature
  • do not include your phone number
  • do not include any other information you are unwilling to publish on the Internet
  • do include your surname, initials and address

If the comments are considered to be:

  • defamatory
  • frivolous
  • offensive
  • amount to a criminal act
  • bring the council into disrepute

They will be immediately removed in accordance with the law, including the Defamation Act 2013. You could also face legal actions from the council or individual about whom the comment is being made.

We will only consider comments which include a name and postal address as we may need to contact you.

We will not acknowledge your comments, but any comments we receive will be displayed on Public Access.


Plans, drawings, and materials submitted to the Council are protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1988 (Section 47). You may only download or print material for consultation or inspection purposes. Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner (the applicant / agent / architect). If this occurs, you will be in breach of copyright.


The online planning history contained within the site may be incomplete. It 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.

Charges to carry out a Local Land Charges search

We are not responsible for any errors or omissions in the planning history information provided on Public Access. The information on the site does not serve as a formal notification of a planning decision. Therefore, any actions taken based on the information displayed on the site are done at your own risk.


For help using Public Access, please download the Public Access - quick reference guide.

Measuring drawings and plans online

The online measuring tools help to assist you in accurately measuring drawings and plans. There are two methods available to do this depending on the date of the application. Prior to October 2012 you are required to use Adobe PDF Reader. After October 2012 you can use the online tools to assist you with your enquiry. Both methods are documented in our user guide measuring tools instruction.

Transparency notice

Legislation applies to your data protection. This follows the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25th, 2018.

We will only store the minimum information required to fulfil the statutory requirements of the service.

We have published our privacy notice detailing how we collect data from you, how we use it, how we share it, and what control you have over your data.

Contact Us

Planning Services Development Management Wakefield Council Wakefield One PO Box 700 Wakefield WF1 2EB

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