Planning Explorer

Find out about Planning applications and their progress with our real time searching facility (Public Access).

Planning Explorer - Planning Applications & Supporting Documentation

This allows you to search for applications and plans and view weekly lists of planning applications received by the Council. Before accessing the Public Access website please take a moment to read the advice about using the system and the terms of use shown below. Thank you

Planning Explorer is changing!

We’ve listened to what you’ve had to say and as a result we’re making changes to these web pages. Some of the improvements we’re hoping to make includes better tracking of applications, publication of responses from consultations and improved presentation of documents.

Let us know what you’d like to see change by completing our online survey

By clicking on the link to Planning Explorer below, you are stating that you have read, understood and agree to abide by all the terms of use below.


Visit the Planning Explorer website

Search for planning applications using interactive maps

Interactive maps are simple to use, and work in a similar way to other internet mapping systems. To help you navigate these maps, a user guide is available. 

By accessing the maps you confirm that you have read and agreed to the Barnsley Interactive Maps disclaimer

Alternatively, you can view all recent planning decisions here.


Planning Explorer and Electronic Case Files


Planning Explorer gives you access to an up to date online database of Planning Applications submitted to Barnsley Council.

Planning Explorer allows you to:

  • View information relating to submitted Planning Applications.
  • Submit comments about an application
  • Clicking on the " View Application Forms" and " View Plans and other Supporting Documents" links within Planning Explorer will enable you to view Electronic Case Files on line. These include plans, application forms, and other supporting documentations.


This site is open to members of the general public. Contributors should, therefore, refrain from making any comments that could be viewed as defamatory or prejudicial as this could result in action being taken against the contributor concerned. Submissions containing such comments will be removed from the site.


The service continues to be developed, at the present time it only contains key planning application information and some associated documents/plans.

Any submitted Planning Applications that are missing from Planning Explorer are applications that are invalid, i.e applications where we are waiting for further information/documents. These applications will appear on a future list when the application is registered.

Applications, where the decision is delegated to the Assistant Director, are marked with a 'D'

Applications which need to be refereed to the Council's Planning Regulatory Board are marked with a 'C'.

NB it is possible that some of the applications marked as delegated may be referred to the Planning Regulatory Board for determination.

Under normal circumstances, the new Planning Application information will be available for viewing within 5 working days of receipt of a valid application.

No responsibility will be taken for any errors or omissions in the planning information obtained from Planning Explorer. Similarly, the information contained within Planning Explorer does not constitue in any way a formal notification of a planning decision, and as such any actions taken as a result of information displayed on the site are undertaken entirely at the viewer's own risk.


Plan, drawings and material submitted to Barnsley Council are protected by the Copyright Acts (Section 47, 1988 Act). You may only use material which is downloaded for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans.

You must not distribute, alter or use any documents for any other purpose.

Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner.

In using the system you agree to exempt Barnsley Council from any liability in respect of any actions, suits, claims costs, expenses, damages and demands whatsoever in respect of any documents obtained by me via this website.


Click on this link to access The Planning Explorer User Guide. If you are unfamiliar with how Planning Explorer works, please take the time to read this guide.


The Public Access system will be unavailable between 23:00 and 04:00 each day.


We are continuing to work towards improving our electronic service delivery within the Planning Service and consequently we would welcome any feedback/comment that you may have in relation to Planning Explorer. Please email your feedback to placing Planning Explorer Feedback in the email subject line.

.....................With the Planning Explorer you can view planning applications and track their progress.

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