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Assess planning applications faster, with pinpoint accuracy.

Software purpose-built for planners. All the tools you need to assess, review and approve planning applications.

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Looking for a smarter way to assess and approve planning applications?

Objective Trapeze is used by more than 300 local authorities in the UK, to transform inefficient paper-based planning processes.

Our purpose-built tools allow you to efficiently and accurately measure, calculate, compare, mark-up and stamp digital plans and drawings.

The result: Productivity boosts for planners. Faster decisions for applicants. Cost reductions and improved information governance for councils. And better outcomes for the community. Win, win, win, win.


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Powerful tools to perform even the most complex measurements with ease, speed and pinpoint accuracy.

Complex measurements, made simple
Easily measure length, width, area, radius, angle, setback, open space and more using digital measurement tools created specifically for planners.

Verify compliance without looking away from your plans

Ensure planning applications are compliant with local planning schemes, by manipulating percentages and calculations to check site coverage and gross floor area, to name a few.

Perform specific assessments with ease using specialist tools

Easily assess plans and drawings for consistency with local zoning, development controls and other planning instruments using purpose-built features like the Light Table, Overlay, Cone of Vision, Recession Plane and Offset Line Annotation tools.

Annotate & Stamp

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Annotate & Stamp

Simplify and fast track the review process with smartly designed mark-up tools and digital stamps.

Easily flag changes or areas needing attention with visual cues
Mark up your documents with customisable text boxes, clouds, sticky notes, images, stamps and more to show compliance or non-compliance, highlight amendments and keep track of your measurements.

Improve RFIs and referrals by communicating visually

Describing an issue in words can be time consuming and hard to do. Smart mark-up tools help you clearly and effectively convey meaning with applicants and referral agencies, while eliminating unnecessary back and forth communication; enabling faster resolution and better outcomes.

Simplify and speed up the approval process with digital stamping

Create and save custom stamps that include your council logo, signatures, images, date, time and metadata from your eDRMS, such as reference numbers and assessor names. Apply to the whole document or only a section, in a few mouse clicks.


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Don’t scour over a document searching for changes. Document Compare automatically detects and reveals these for you.

Quickly compare, pixel by pixel, two versions of a document
Document Compare removes tedium and saves you time by automatically detecting changes and highlighting the amended pages.

Catch sneaky changes at a page level

We’ve all reviewed updated plans to find a balcony has ‘suddenly’ been extended or a building given a completely different footprint than what was discussed or shown in previous plans.
Page Compare allows you to easily spot what’s changed in a plan using sliding and fading techniques on pages stacked on top of each other, so you never miss a thing again.


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Seamless integration with your eDRMS means you can work better, smarter and with confidence, knowing information governance is covered.

Connect your systems for a seamless experience
Access, measure, mark up and save documents from your eDRMS directly within Objective Trapeze. Eliminate frustration and boost your productivity and efficiency by seamlessly integrating planning assessment into your existing workflows.

Extend information governance across your plans and drawings

Eliminate paper by ensuring documents born digital, stay digital. Work confidently and avoid version confusion, knowing your information governance is managed in the background.

Who we integrate with

Micro Focus® Content Manager (formerly TRIM), TechnologyOne® ECM (formerly DataWorks) and CiAnywhere, Objective ECM, SharePoint®, OpenText® eDOCS DM (formerly Hummingbird Enterprise), iManage® Work and CoSign® by DocuSign®.

You're in good company

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Features council planners love

Transform the way you assess planning applications. Work smarter. Work faster.

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Navigate and zoom into sections of large maps or plans without losing clarity, and focus on the content that matters.

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Easily edit and organise PDFs with essential layout, page manipulation and bookmarking options.

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Create digital copies of your paper documents and automatically generate bookmarks for easier navigation.

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Safeguard sensitive data by irreversibly redacting information from your PDFs. Apply exemption codes for global Privacy, FOI Acts and more.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Boost your productivity and work faster and smarter using keyboard shortcuts.

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Customisable Presets

Save time by defining custom presets that you can easily access and use later for annotations, setbacks, building envelopes, egress paths and more.

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Optical Character Recognition

Transform scanned documents and images into text-searchable and selectable PDFs with OCR technology.

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Easily set up, customise and lock down stamps, annotation presets and other preferences. Preview your configuration and centrally roll it out to users in your organisation.

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Objective Trapeze has been phenomenal. It saves the assessment team a huge amount of time and effort.

Simone Plummer

Development Assessment Manager, Sutherland Shire Council

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Learn More

Discover how Objective Trapeze is used within councils, or explore the features and functionality introduced in the latest version, Trapeze Professional.

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Case Study

Sutherland Shire Council

Read how one council processed 36% more development applications in one year with the same number of staff.

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Get up and running with Objective Trapeze in no time with our short, engaging tutorial videos.

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Pricing plans to suit the needs of your organisation.


For individuals and teams of all sizes

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from USD $499 p.a.

Per single user licence.

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Unlimited users

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Progressive pricing

Based on council population.

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Assess planning applications faster, with pinpoint accuracy.

Software built exclusively for planners. All the tools you need to assess, review and approve planning applications.

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