There are currently two kinds of planning policy: national (as prepared by the Department for Communities and Local Government) and local (as prepared by your local planning authority). National planning policy can be searched from our policy section. Local planning authorities (often your council) prepare policies affecting communities within their administrative boundaries. These policies are often referred to as development plans. Many local authorities publish details of plans and policies on their websites. You can find contact details for your local planning authority on the Planning Portal.