COVID-19 - Planning

COVID-19 - Planning

COVID-19 - Planning Information

The Department of Housing, Plannng and Local Government has been working with the City and County Management Association and the Local Government Management Agency, An Bord Pleanála and the Office of the Planning Regulator over these last few weeks, in seeking to ensure that every effort is being made to make certain that the planning system continues to operate effectively as possible, in the context of the most up-to-date public health advice during this COVID-19 Emergency.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions Document below.

Following the enactment of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid 19) Act 2020, a new provisions (Section 251A) has been inserted into the Planning & Development Acts 2000 (as amended). The Government has made an order under Section 251A(4), to the effect that the period from 29th March 2020 to 20th April 2020, inclusive, may be disregarded when calculating any appropriate period, specified period, or other timelines in the following Acts, or provisions, or any regulations made under those Acts or provisions,

  • The Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended;
  • Part 2 of the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act, 2015 (which relates to the vacant site levy);
  • Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act, 2016 (which relates to the Strategic Housing Developments);
  • The Derelict Sites Act, 1990

It is important to stress that the activation of this provision does not freeze the planning system, rather it extends the timelines within which decisions can be made. Where appropriate public consultation timelines are extended also if they had not exceeded the 5 week period prior to the introduction of the legislation.

Update - Friday, May 8th 2020

Section 251A(4) has further extended the duration of all relevant periods and timelines specified under the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2019, by an additional 14 days, up to and including 23 May 2020.

This Order (05/2020) and the two previous Orders (02/2020 and 03/2020) thereby have the combined effect of extending the relevant planning periods and timelines by an aggregate of 56 days/ 8 weeks.

If you submitted an application or were due a decision on an application, during this time period then the point at which it was at remains paused until after 23 May, or longer if further extensions occur.

An FAQ is attached to assist you in understanding what this means for your application.


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