Procedures for objecting to planning applications
Provision is set out in the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 - 2009 for interested persons to make representations in relation to individual planning applications subject to a statutory fee of €20.00. Anyone making written comment on an application is informed of the Council's decision and of the right to appeal to An Bord Pleanála against the Council's decision.
Please note the following.
- Submissions/observations must be made within 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the planning application. The five week period commences on the day that a planning application is received, such that the last day for receipt for an objection to an application received on Tuesday 1 November is Monday 5 December. If the last day of this five week period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Public Holiday, submissions/observations can be accepted on the next working day.
Please note the period between 24th December, 2011 and 1st January, 2012 inclusive ( 9 days in total ) shall be disregarded in calculating the 5 week deadline for lodgement of planning objections. For example: In the case of a planning objection lodged on 21st December, 2011, the final day for lodgement of a planning objection is the 2nd February, 2012.
- Submissions/observations received after the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application shall be returned to the person concerned along with the fee and cannot be considered by the planning authority.
- Submissions/observations must be accompanied by a fee of €20.00 which can be payable by cheque / postal order / laser / credit card.
Please note that Laser / credit card transactions can only be made at the planning public counter and cannot be carried out over the phone or by email.
- No cash to be included in postal objections.
- If no fee is attached to the submission/observation it will not be considered and shall be returned as invalid.
- Any submission/observation received shall state the name of the person or body making the submission/observation,
indicate the address to which any correspondence relating to the application may be sent and include the reference number of the application concerned.
- In the case of a submission/observation with multiple signatories, an acknowledgement will be sent to one signatory only, the address of which should be indicated on the submission/observation.
- Please note, in accordance with Article 35 of the Planning and Development Regulations, persons who made a submission or observation on a planning application will only be notified of the receipt of Further Information or Clarification of Further Information,where that Further Information or Clarification of Further Information is considered significant and requires new public notices.
Withdrawal of an objection:
There is no mechanism in the regulations for the withdrawal of an objection. You may however, make a further addition to your submission instructing the Planning Authority to disregard your original observation. This must be done as soon as possible, as we can only accept any form of submission on a planning application within the first five weeks. Both letters then remain on the file.
The planning process is an open and public one. In that context, all planning application documents are made available for public inspection. This information may also be placed on the Council's website.