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Planning Permission

Planning permission in Ireland is one of the steps involved in building, modifying, or renovating your home. Despite this, for some minor alterations such as constructing a small garage or conservatory, planning permission is not required. It is still necessary, however, to check whether or not this is required. Applications must be made to your local authority, who will be able to give you specific information regarding your request, including whether or not it is likely to be accepted, according to the projections they already have for your area, known as the “development plan”. 


There are three different types of planning permission you can apply for, depending on the type and the extent of the work you intend to carry out: full permission, outline permission and permission consequent on outline permission. Full permission means that your request has been fully granted and you may begin construction or modification, however in some circumstances it can be beneficial to apply for outline permission first. This can be seen as a type of provisional permission, which requires you to supply the local authority with less detailed plans of the construction or alteration you wish to carry out. This can often be the case in the event that your project is of a particularly large scale, or if you aren’t exactly sure of the final details of the form your project will be laid out. 


In addition to having permission granted by the local authority, you will also be required to make your desire to carry out a project known to the public. This is carried out by placing a notice regarding your intent to construct a new building - or modify an existing one - in a local newspaper. A list of those approved for this purpose can be given to you by your local authority. You will also need to place a notice at the site where the project is to take place, giving details of the project you intend to carry out. Once this has been done, you may submit your proposals to the planning authority within two weeks. The local authority will then grant you a notice which states that they intend to give you planning permission, which is conditional on nobody making a written objection to this within a four week period. Once you have been granted full permission, this is valid, in general, for a five-year period. Outline permission is valid for three years from the date of issuance. 


Any potential appeals to a planning permission decision, be it by yourself in the event that your application is rejected, or a member of the public who raises an objection to your request for planning permission, are dealt with by an independent body set up by the government called An Bord Pleanála. This body receives the intent to grant permission from your project from the local authority, and then grants the final approval, in the event that nobody issues an objection. There is also a fee of 65€ to be paid for an application to construct a house from scratch, or a fee of 34€ for permission to carry out modification to an existing house. Larger projects, such as industrial or commercial buildings will have the cost of the application calculated by the local authority, depending on the location and scale of the project. 


Any further information you may require regarding this procedure is available from your local authority, or alternatively, any of the architects featured on our site will be able to either assist you with carrying out this process or, if you wish, take care of it entirely on your behalf. 

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