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Northern Ireland Awards for Planning Excellence

Celebrating Planning Excellence 

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The RTPI Northern Ireland for Planning Excellence 2024 showcase and celebrate the best plans, people and projects. Entries will open on 15 January. 

Our coveted awards recognise and highlight the positive contribution planning professionals make in the communities we serve around the world. 

We have streamlined our award entry process, so you simply: 

  • Select your best work completed between 2022 and 2023. For Young Planners, choose your best achievements over recent years. 
  • Choose the best category to showcase your work. 
  • Create your account on our entry platform. Don’t worry, you can edit your entry at any time. 
  • Familiarise yourself with the judging criteria. 
  • Read our 'How to win’ guide for handy hints and tips on how to draft a strong entry. Attend our ‘How to win’ webinar on 30 January. 
  • Complete and submit your entry along with some great images. 

There are 15 planning related categories in total and our RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are free to enter.  See the  full list here. 




The closing date for entries is 15 March 2024. 

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Why should you enter?

  1. We champion the power of planning and are the only awards dedicated solely to the planning discipline. 
  2. We help you to shine a spotlight on your organisation and your achievements. We make it easy for you to make the most of the promotional opportunities that being part of our awards provides. 
  3. Entering an award helps boost staff morale. The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence recognise how your people, teams and plans contribute and make a real difference to communities. 
  4. We help you to demonstrate how far your business has come. 

Click to see more on our Northern Ireland winners.


Winning first the regional award and then the national award was a huge honour for the entire team. While the team are already aware of the positive impact their hard work has on placemaking across Northern Ireland, it served as further recognition of the efforts expended daily by the entire team. Each team member is extremely proud to have contributed to the winning of this award.  I would definitely recommend others in the industry consider entering the awards in future. It is a key event in the RTPI calendar which showcases the best talent across the industry.

Tom Stokes MRTPI, Director at TSA Planning

Key dates 2024 

  • 15 January - RTPI Northern Ireland for Planning Excellence open for entries 
  • 15 March at 11.59pm - Entry deadline 
  • April/early May - Northern Ireland judges site visits and/or presentations 
  • 20 May - Northern Ireland shortlist announced 
  • 12 June - Announcing the winners in Northern Ireland at our lunchtime reception
  • August/September - National awards judging 
  • Mid October - National finalists announced 
  • End November - National ceremony 


The judging process 

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence has 15 national award categories.  Entries in Northern Ireland are initially judged across 10 categories and awarded as: 

  • Best Plan 
  • Best Project 
  • Planning Authority of the Year 
  • Small Planning Consultancy of the Year 
  • Young Planner of the Year* 

These winners become national finalists. 

The shortlisted project entries are put through for judging in the national awards and will be judged against the others in their selected categories for the national finalist list. The remaining five direct to national categories are also judged to complete the national finalist list of 15 categories. The winners and commendations are announced at the national ceremony in November.  

*All Young Planner of the Year winners will be entered into the national shortlist and will be judged by the national judges and the top five will become national finalists. 

The RTPI Northern Ireland Excellence celebration event will be held in Belfast on the 12th June 2024. Please save the date and we will provide further information nearer the time. 

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If you are interested to sponsor, please contact us. 

For more information 

For tips on how to win  visit here. 

If you have any questions, please visit the awards hub or contact Julie Sullivan for more information or to discuss sponsorship opportunities.