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Planning and development

From January 2024, we've made changes to how we process planning applications. Find out more about changes to processing planning applications.

Draft Local Plan consultation

We're consulting on our Draft Local Plan, which sets out a vision for future development in the town.

Planning for houses in multiple occupation

We intend to bring in planning controls for changes of use to small HMOs through an Article 4 Direction.

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.

Changes to how we process planning applications

We're changing how we process planning applications to make our service more efficient.

Building Control

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


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

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.

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.

Planning survey

We want to know what you think about the planning and development section of our website.