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Getting Advice


For helpful advice and information on all areas of Planning go to:


or as Gaelige to:



It is strongly recommended that you seek professional advice prior to undertaking any work. Advice can be sought from a reputable architect or planning agent.

Planning advice on whether there is a requirement for planning permission is always available from the Planning Authority. You can get advice in a number of ways by:

  • calling the planning offices on 074 9153900,

  • sening an email to [email protected] 

  • through a Section 5 Declaration.

It is always best to be aware of all the issues relating to a proposed development before acting.


Section 5 Declarations


If a question arises as to whether or not a development is or is not exempted development, a person may apply to the planning authority for a declaration on the question. This is known as a section 5 referral or an Exemption Declaration.


In order to apply for a section 5 referral it is necessary for the applicant to submit, Declaration on Development and Exempted Development form, fee of €80.00, location map, drawings of the proposed development in question, full details and description of the proposed development.


The planning authority may require further information to be submitted to enable the authority to issue the declaration. In this regard, a declaration shall issue within three weeks of the receipt of this further information.


If no further information is required, a decision will issue in four weeks from receipt of the request. The applicant may appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanála.


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