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We are making every effort to continue to deal with planning applications in a timely manner, but this will involve having to change the way that we do some things. For example, applications will only be advertised by site notice and no neighbour consultations will be made.

We would also appreciate it if you could submit planning applications, documents and information electronically via the planning portal or via

National Park Authority offices are currently closed until further notice, so any information submitted by post will inevitably take much longer to deal with. 

You can keep up to date with the latest guidance and advice here.


The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is the statutory planning authority for the area.

Planning is vital to ensure new developments are well designed and carefully sited. They need to contribute to the quality of the natural environment and built heritage. Other considerations include how they need to provide homes and work places to sustain our rural communities and local economy.

The Plain English guide to the planning system explains how the planning system in England works.

Public Notices

Public notices of planning applications can be viewed here.

Getting started

Find out how to apply for planning permission, view planning applications and planning committee agendas and minutes.