Ireland's planning system was introduced on the 1 October 1964, when the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963 came into effect.
The large body of planning legislation in the years since then, reflects the expansion of the statutory development control system to meet the demands arising from economic growth, rising public concern in the area of environmental control, a desire on the part of the public for a statutory and independent planning appeals system, and a growing European dimension arising from our membership of the European Union.
Ireland is also one of the few European countries that has an independent third party planning appeals system. It is operated by An Bord Pleanála, (the Planning Appeals Board).
The Department publishes a series of leaflets on all aspects of the planning system and these are available free of charge from the Department or from planning authorities. They cover a whole range of issues including how to make a planning application, lodge an appeal, requirements for change of use, building extensions, in a word everything you need to know but didn’t know who to ask.
Leaflets on the planning system are available in PDF format below.
PL1. A Guide to Planning Permission
PL2. Making a Planning Application
PL3. Commenting on a Planning Application
PL4. Building a House – The Planning Issues
PL5. Doing Work Around the Houses – The Planning Issues
PL6. Agriculture and Farm Development – The Planning Issues
PL7. Planning and the Business Person
PL8. The Development Plan
PL9. Environment Impact Assessment
PL10. Making a Planning Appeal
PL11. Guide to the Building Control System
PL12. Guide to Architectural Heritage
PL 13 Archaeology in the Planning Process
To download any of the above leaflets, or view the guide for your area, please click on the following link.