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Planning and development

As of 1 June 2023, Middlesbrough Development Corporation (MDC) became the local planning authority for an area of the town centre and Middlehaven. This means there will be changes to how planning enquiries and applications are dealt with in this area. Find out more about the changes.


Middlesbrough Development Corporation is the planning authority for the town centre and Middlehaven.

Pre-application advice

Getting advice before submitting your planning application can help speed up the planning process.

Planning applications

Planning permission is needed before you can build something or make a major change to a building.

Planning search

Search and find details of all planning applications in Middlesbrough with the ability to comment online.

Building Control

The Building Control team ensures that all building work complies with the relevant legislation.

Neighbourhood plans

Neighbourhood planning is about letting local communities plan for their area.

Planning policy

The Planning Policy team is responsible for matters relating to planning policy in Middlesbrough.

Planning enforcement

We investigate suspected breaches of planning control and unauthorised development.


Our Conservation Officer oversees changes in Middlesbrough's historic environment.

Development Control

The Development Control team handles planning applications, appeals, and enforcement work.

Historic planning data

Historic planning data (1948 to 1994) is available online. You just need the house number and street name.

Local land charges

The land charges register contains information about every property in Middlesbrough.

Street naming

We keep an official list of all street names. You'll need to apply to us if you need a new street name.

Nunthorpe Vision

The Nunthorpe Vision group helps us understand residents' concerns about development plans in the area.

Stainsby masterplan

The Stainsby country park and masterplan design code sets out the standards for future development.

Public open space and appropriation of land adverts

Legal notice about the council disposing of land for housing development.