Planning Permission

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Getting planning permission for a building project can seem like an enormous task, especially for first-time builders. Here, we breakdown the planning process to make it as easy as possible.

The planning application


Firstly, you will need to give public notice of your proposed plans, in the local newspaper and on site. This must stay in place for at least 5 weeks from receipt of the planning application. Within two weeks of this public notice, you must submit your planning application, available on your local county council website. You will need detailed plans of the project. Typically, an architect or engineer should assist you with this, to ensure no mistakes and give you the best chance of getting planning permission.

The next step?


Submitting your planning application to your local county council for approval. Once the planning application has been submitted, you will receive an email receipt with information specific to you.


How long before a decision is made?


Typically, you will be notified of a decision within 8 weeks, unless there is exceptional circumstances in which case it will be extended.

You will receive a letter with the decision of the planning authority i.e. whether planning is granted or refused.


If planning is granted?


Make sure obligations (that can accompany permission) are fulfilled, if necessary. Generally planning permission expires after 5 years, unless stated otherwise. This means you have five years from the date it’s granted to begin your development.


If planning is refused?


If you are unhappy with the refusal, talk to the local authority planning department. Ask if changing plans would make a difference and if so, you may be able to reapply free of charge within 12 months.

You can also appeal the refusal to the An Bord Pleanála within six months of refusal. This is a lengthy process and typically used in a last resort situation.


Once planning has been granted, see how Thermohouse can help with your building project here.

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