Bell Associates - Design & Building Consultants, Coastguard Road, Rush, Co. Dublin.                                               01-8430267 | 087-2371984 |

Bell Associates - Design & Building Consultants, Coastguard Road, Rush, Co. Dublin.                                                        01-8430267 | 087-2371984 |

How Do I Make a Planning Application?

To obtain planning permission, the applicant must make a
planning application.  There are four different types of permission.  
An application may be made for:

Outline Permission
Permission consequent to the grant of outline permission.

The most common type of permission is for permission,
often referred to as full permission.

Can I consult with the Planning Authority in Advance?

Yes, this is referred to as a pre-planning consultation and
can be requested by phone, in writing or by e-mail .  
The applicant must submit the following:

Name and Address
Contact Details
Site Address
Site location map: Scale 1:2500 within the proposed site outline
Approximate size of site
Legal interest in site, i.e. Owner/ Purchaser
Description of the proposed development

Once this information has been submitted, the request
will be lodged with the relevant area planner, who will
confirm a date for an appointment.

Can I Employ an Agent to Apply for Permission on My Behalf?

Yes, very few people go through the planning process without availing
of the services of an architect or agent.  This may take the form of
somebody acting as your agent and dealing with the application in its entirety.  
Alternatively, you may have someone prepare the plans/ drawings for
you and you will submit the application yourself.

What Must I do in Order to Make a Valid Application?

In order to make a valid application you must submit the following:

Completed Application Form
Correct Fee
Site Notice
Newspaper Notice
Site Location Map (6 copies)
Plans/ Drawings (6 copies) – except for outline permission
Approved Newspapers for This Area
What Should the Documents Submitted with My Application Show?

To see a Planning Checklist please click on a council below

Dublin City Council           Fingal County Council

Social and Affordable Housing Certificate

It is important to note that before applying for planning permission,
applicants should ensure that they have applied for or obtained
their Certificate of Exemption in cases where development does
not apply to the requirements for the provision of social and
affordable housing on residentially zoned land or a mixture of
residentially zoned land and other uses.

Site Location Map (6 copies)
The Site Location Map must be marked or coloured so as to identify
clearly the land or structure to which the application relates and
the boundaries thereon.  The Site Location Map should be on an
Ordinance Survey map with the number of the Ordinance Survey
map clearly indicated thereon.  The scale of the map should be not
less than 1:1000 in urban areas and 1:2500 in rural areas.

Site/Layout Map (6 copies)
Except for Outline Permission
Plans and drawings should contain detailed structural drawings of floor
plans, elevation and sections and such other particulars as are
necessary to describe the works or structure to which the application relates.  
These must be drawn to a scale not less than 1:200

Public/ Site Notice
A copy of the site notice must be submitted with each planning application.  
The site notice must be placed on site for five weeks from the date of
receipt of the planning application.  If it becomes illegible or is removed,
it must be replaced immediately as failure to do so will invalidate the application.  
The site notice must be located at the entrance to the private road where it
meets the public road, and at the entrance to the site. For sample of
Site Notice see Planning Forms

Newspaper Notice
A copy or original of the newspaper notice must be submitted with the
application.  The application must be lodged with the Planning Department
within two weeks of the publication date of the newspaper.
For Approved Newspapers see Planning Forms

All notices must contain,

As a heading, the name of the Planning Authority and shall include the
name of the applicant;
The nature of application i.e. permission, outline or permission following
the grant of outline permission;
The location, townland or postal address of the land or structure
A Brief Description of the Development.

The notice must state that the application may be inspected or purchased
at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the
offices of the Planning Authority during its' public opening hours and a
submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in
writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks b
eginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Once an application is Received by the Planning Department, what happens next?

The planning decision process usually takes 8 weeks.  The application
will go through the following stages:

When the planning application is received, the application will be examined
to ensure everything is correct and in order, valid or invalid (if found to be
invalid, the application will be returned).
The site notice must be kept up and legible for 5 weeks from the date
notice has been erected.  The planner will visit the site possibly on a
number of occasions during this time to check the site notice (if the
site notice is found to be invalid due to site notice, the application
will be returned).
Submissions or observations will be accepted up to 5 weeks from
the date of receipt of the application.
After this, the planner will begin to assess the application and write
his/her report where a recommendation is made.
Application and report then go to the appropriate levels for approval
and signing where the decision is made.
The decision letter will be sent by registered post, normally within
8 weeks from the date the application is received.
If permission is granted and if no appeal is made after 4 weeks
the Planning Authority will issue a grant of permission.  
If Additional Information is requested and indeed, possible Clarification
of Additional Information, the applicant has up to 6 months (from the
original date the Additional Information was requested) to submit
the response to both.
Any decision made can be appealed by the Applicant or objectors,
to An Bord Pleanála within 4 weeks from the decision date.
A person who has an interest in land ADJOINING land in respect
of which a decision to grant permission has been made, may
apply to An Bord Pleanála for Leave to Appeal against that decision.