Pre-Planning Advice and Consultation
The Council encourages developers to seek pre-planning advice and consultation. All subsequent applications are processed on their merits having regard to the statutory provisions. To initiate this process, applicants should contact the Planning Authority for an application form. The service is provided on a without prejudice basis.
Download a Pre-planning application form here
Processing of Planning Applications
The Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) places an obligation to obtain planning permission for development defined under the planning legislation. The application process for planning is set out in the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 and the Planning & Development Regulations 2006. The applications are accepted by post or by hand at the Planning Department. Applications are assessed in accordance with the statutory provisions and having regard to the proper planning and development of the area and the provisions of the County Development Plan.
Members of the public may inspect an application and make observations or objections to it,within 5 weeks from the date of receipt of the application, subject to the payment of a fee of €20 . The formal decision on applications is a function of the County Manager having regard to reports prepared by the administrative and technical staff of the Council. The applicant or a third party may appeal a decision of the Council or any conditions attached to such decisions to An Bord Pleanála within four weeks. Application forms, site notices and various guidance leaflets are available or can be downloaded from the forms section of this website.
Where as part of a grant of planning the Council levies a charge as contribution towards infrastructural development, the Planning Department collects such levies. See: Development Charges. Where permission is granted subject to the provision of a bond by the developers, the Planning Department will require satisfactory evidence of the existence of such a bond before approving the commencement of development.
Before the development is commenced the developer shall lodge with the Planning Authority a Bond in an amount to be stipulated by the Planning Authority, coupled with an agreement to empower the Local Authority to apply such security or part thereof to the satisfactory completion of any part of the development. The Bond shall be from an approved Financial Institution as may be acceptable to the Planning Authority to secure the provision and satisfactory completion and maintenance of roads, footpaths, water supply, septic tank and drainage required in connection with the proposed development. The Bond shall remain in place for a period of 5 years from the date of grant of permission or until such time as the development has been completed to the satisfaction of the Planning Authority in accordance with the conditions of the planning permission granted
Taking in Charge private housing developments
Section 180 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 deals with the taking in charge of estates by the local authority. Where the development consists of two or more houses and involved the construction of roads and services to facilitate the houses, then, subject to it being completed to the satisfaction of the Council, it shall be taken in charge when formally requested to do so by the developer. To view our taking in charge policy click here
Enforcement of Planning Conditions and control of Unauthorised Developments
The Council investigates complaints in respect of non-compliance with planning permissions and unauthorised developments. The Council is empowered to pursue legal proceedings in such cases and in cases where developments generally do not conform to planning conditions. The legislative provision for enforcement is contained in Part XIII – Sections 151-164 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended). The Enforcement Complaint Form is available for download here.
All files over 5 years old are held in storage and must be requested 7 working days in advance. There is no retrieval charge for files. The Planning Requisition form can be downloaded here
Conservation Grant Scheme for Protected Structures
The Planning Authority operates the Conservation Grant Scheme for Protected Structures, on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The objective of this scheme is to assist the owner or occupier of a structure, which is protected because of its architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical interest to undertake conservation works on such structure. There is no automatic right to a grant under the scheme. Each local authority is allocated a fixed amount of money for a calendar year to meet grant payments. This process is managed by the Heritage Section. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Record of Protected Structures