To obtain planning permission, the applicant must make a planning application. Planning application forms and full details are available from the Planning Office. The applicant must complete the form and submit it together with all the necessary documentation and appropriate fee. Advice and guidance is available from the planning office to help applicants in making the application and, if necessary, they can contact the office before making an application to ensure that it is complete and that all documentation is attached and that all other requirements have been met.
The planning system is open and transparent and everyone (individuals, residents associations, etc.) has the right to see an application lodged and to make submissions or observations either positively or negatively on it if they think it will affect them or their neighbourhood. Persons may also make submissions or observations on an application even if they are not directly affected but feel strongly about a particular issue and want to express an opinion.
Submissions or observations should be addressed in writing to the Planning Office, if possible, quoting the reference number of the application. Submissions or observations must be made within 5 weeks of the date of receipt of the application and accompanied by a fee of €20.00
Members of the public are entitled to view, free of charge, all documents submitted with a planning application, at the planning office during normal business hours, as soon as may be from the date of receipt of the application until the decision is made on it. Internal reports on an application prepared by or on behalf of the planning authority can be viewed after the planning decision has been made. iT is necessary to order files up to and including 2006 in advance. Planning files are available for public inspection for up to 7 years after a decision has been made on the planning application.
The Planning Register and register map, which is a record of all planning applications, decisions, appeals, enforcement action etc., is open to public inspection, free of charge, at the planning office.