Intro Text 

A pre-planning consultation can be arranged if the person has an interest in the land concerned and that he/ she wishes to consult/get advice about a proposed development/future planning application. 

The Planning and Development Act 2000, (as amended) Section 247 sets out the parameters for engaging in consultation in relation to a proposed development.

The Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act, 2016 was enacted in December 2016 and the associated regulations come into effect on 3rd July, 2017.  Direct applications can be made under the new legislation for developments comprising 100 or more houses or 200 bed spaces for student accommodation which may include a mixture of other uses subject to certain limitations.


How Do I Arrange a Pre-Planning Consultation?

Requests can be made by post or by email to and must include the following documentation:

  • The Pre-Planning Consultation Form. This is found in the related documents on the right hand side of the page.
  • A site location map which can be found at Ordnance Survey Ireland. The scale required is 1:1000 for Urban Areas and 1:2500 for Rural Areas.
  • Drawings of the proposed development (Site layout, elevation drawings etc)
  • For Strategic Housing Developments - Confirmation from Irish Water of the  feasability of Providing Public Water/Wastewater Services and Availability of capacity.

It is advisable prior to making a pre-planning application, to consult the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Development Plan 2016 - 2022, which may contain much of the relevant planning information needed for your proposed development. 

If sending in hard copies by post, two copies of all documents are required.

Once your application form has been submitted you will be assigned a case officer who will endeavour to provide feedback within two-three weeks. 

Please Note: The applicant must be the owner of the site or have permission in writing from the owner of the site to pursue pre-planning advice (if applicable, this should also be lodged).

The Planning Authority will keep a record of any such consultations which will be a matter of public record on foot of a planning application being subsequently lodged.

The carrying out of such consultations shall not prejudice the performance by a Planning Authority of any other of its functions under the Planning and Development Act 2000, (as amended), and cannot be relied upon in the formal planning process or in legal proceedings.