Based on the type of development proposal, once planning applications are submitted by Agents these are circulated to referral agencies for them to assess and provide comments based on their respective areas of expertise, policies, laws and guidelines. Not all types of applications are circulated to the same referral agency.
For instance an application for a retaining wall is circulated to Development Control Engineer for assessment but not to the Public Health Authority. However, referral agencies such as the Department of Environment, Development Control Office and Department of Community Development receive all full planning applications that are submitted.
The diagram below is an illustration of the different Committees that provide recommendations to the Planning Authority Board after assessing comments received from referral agencies and after visiting sites where necessary.