Planning a visit?

Living & Working


Visit the Dales


Media Office


Planning policy

Planning policy is the strategy, guidance, land allocations and criteria we use to determine proposals for the development and change of use of land and buildings within the National Park.

The purpose of planning policy is to ensure that development needs are provided for, but only if they happen in the right place, at the right time and in the right way. The policies cover all types of development, from housing to business and minerals to visitor facilities.Planning applications must be determined in accordance with our adopted policies, except where it is judged that there are other planning considerations that are more important to the public interest.

Which policies apply?

We have to take into consideration many different levels of policy from national planning policies to Neighbourhood Plans. Current planning policy and guidance is spread across various documents:

National Planning Policy and guidance

The Government has published a set of overarching national planning policies in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) that apply to the whole of the National Park. These are accompanied by National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) providing more of the detail behind the application and interpretation of the NPPF. NPPF and NPPG apply to the whole National Park but are generic, so it is up to local planning policy to provide the detail that is used in day to day decision making.

Local Planning Policy

Local planning policy varies according to where you are in the National Park. Follow the links below for more details:

We monitor how our current planning policies are performing through Annual monitoring reports.

Local Plan submission evidence

View information about the submission of the Local Plan 2015 - 2030 and see the evidence sent to the Planning Inspector

Local Plan examination

Follow the examination into the soundness of the Yorkshire Dales Local Plan 2015 – 2030

Essential visitor info

How to get here, where to stay and more.

Get outdoors

Find out about walking, cycling, mountain biking and horse riding


Get inspiration whether you want family-friendly ambles or long-distance challenge >