User guide: Understand the new search facility on DCP Online

Please use this user guide to review the latest enhancements made to the search facility on DCP Online along with some useful hints and tips.

Quick Search

The Quick Search bar at the top of DCP Online screen has changed with all the search options except ‘word’ being moved to the ‘Search Tab’.


When you enter your search term into the quick word search and click on ‘Search Options’ you will be automatically taken to a screen where you can view all the search options available.

This acts as a checklist to remind you that you can combine your search with other terms as well as limit your search to particular areas within DCP Online.

Refine your search
Once you have finished entering your search term you can refine your search further by filtering it to any combination of the following areas of DCP Online.

  • All fields
  • Titles
  • DCP Chapters
  • Appendix
  • DCP Editor notes

Additional tips on searching

Exact phrase search
To search for an exact phrase surround the term with inverted commas e.g. "green belt"


AND/OR/NOT operators
AND searches for both terms in the same section e.g. affordable AND housing returns results that contain both the words "affordable" and "housing".

OR searches for topics containing either term in the section, so "wind farms" OR "wind turbines" returns topics containing either the phrase wind farms or wind turbines.

NOT searches for the first term but excludes the second, therefore "housing" NOT "social" returns sections containing only housing and not social. This operator should also be used at the end of any search and should be used rarely.


To search part of a word
Using a ? at the end of your key word will search for the word plus any single letter that form the word (e.g. house? will search house and houses)

Using an * will search for your key word and any number of letters which forms your searched word e.g. hous* will match house, houses and housing.


If you have any questions about the new features or would like to receive some free online training on how to best search DCP Online contact customer services on or 01452 835820

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