How to Apply for Planning Permission

How to Apply for Planning Permission

This step by step will guide you through making a planning application

To apply for planning permission complete the following steps:

The following information will take you step by step through making a planning application. The Planning Permission Application Pack is to be submitted when applying for permission for one-off houses in a rural location, commercial, agricultural, residential developments, etc.

  1. Download and complete the planning permission application pack below. If you need any help please see our Contact Planning page
  2. Advertise proposed application in any of the newspapers and submit this notice with application within 14 days of the advertisement
  3. Place a Site Notice adjacent to the site
  4. Submit complete application form together with appropriate fee and the required documents listed below:
  • *A location map (6 copies)
  • *Site or layout plan (6 copies)
  •   Other plans, elevations and sections (6 copies)
  • *Copies of public notices (newspaper and site)
  • *A plan showing the position of a site notice or notices
  •   Local Needs Form if applicable (the local needs form is only required for one-off housing)
  • *The appropriate fee
  • *Where appropriate, a certificate issued by the Planning Authority verifying that the development 
      proposed is for no more than 4 houses or for housing development on land of 0.1 hectares or less. If  
      such a certificate has been  applied for but not issued, a copy of the application, which itself must meet 
      specific requirements, will suffice.

If the application is for outline permission only, the documents marked * in the above list must be submitted. This is to enable the Planning Authority to make a decision in relation to the siting, layout or other proposals for development in the application.

Planning Leaflets


Guide to Submitting a Valid Planning Application and Frequently Asked Questions

Certificate of Exemption (Social & Affordable Housing)

An application for an Exemption Certificate (Section 97) should be completed for certain small residential developments which are excluded from the social and affordable housing provisions.

Under Part V, Section 96 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended, all residential developments on residential zoned lands or zoned lands where residential use is a pre-dominant use e.g. mixed use zoning, are required to provide social and affordable housing to an application for permission for the development of houses on land

Under Section 97 of the Act, a person may, before applying for permission in respect of development consisting of

(a)  the provision of 4 or fewer houses, or

(b)  for housing on land of 0.1 hectares or less,

you should apply to the Planning Authority concerned for a certificate stating that Section 96 shall not apply to a grant of permission in respect of the development concerned and accordingly where the Planning Authority grants a certificate under Section 97, Section 96 shall not apply to a grant of permission in respect of the development concerned. 

The new provisions relating to Part V are effective from 3rd September 2021.

Planning Leaflets

The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government provide a wide range of guidance on planning related issues including architectural heritage, landscape, childcare facilities and best practice design.

They also provide a range of leaflets covering a wide range of planning topics including how to prepare and lodge a planning application, how to make a planning appeal, requirements for change of use, building extensions, garages, domestic sheds, agricultural development, etc. The full range of these leaflets can be found at:

  • Introducing the Planning System
  • A Guide to the Development Plan
  • A Guide to Planning Permission
  • A Guide to Making a Planning Application
  • A Guide to Making a Planning Appeal
  • A Guide to Planning Enforcement in Ireland
  • A Guide to Applying for Planning Permission to Build a House
  • A Guide to Doing Work Around the House
  • Agricultural and Farm Development-The Planning Issues
  • A Guide to Planning for the Business Person
  • Environmental Assessments and Planning in Ireland
  • A Guide to Architectural Heritage
  • Archaeology in the Planning Process
  • Strategic Infrastructure Development
  • A Guide to Taking in Charge of Completed Residential Developments


For further details on planning guidelines and standards please refer to and

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