A person applying for planning permission and any person who made written submissions or observations to the planning authority on a planning application can appeal a planning decision made by a local authority to An Bord Pleanála.
For example, you can:
*There are 3 exceptions to the requirement to have made prior submissions or observations:
If an appeal has already been made by either the applicant and/or a valid third party, any other person can become an "observer" and make submissions or observations.
A valid appellant may request an oral hearing on payment of an additional fee. An Bord Pleanála will normally only grant an oral hearing if the case is particularly complex or significant national or local issues are involved.
An Bord Pleanála aims to make a decision within 18 weeks. If this is not possible, it will inform all the parties of this.
In general, An Bord Pleanála will either:
An Bord Pleanála's decision is final and can only be challenged by judicial review in the High Court. This process will judge whether the Board followed due process in reaching its decision and will not include an examination of the planning merits.
Files on appeals received by the Board can be inspected by members of the public after the appeals have been determined by the Board. These files can be inspected, free of charge, at the Board's offices for a period of at least 5 years after the appeal decision.
You must make the appeal to An Bord Pleanála within 4 weeks of the decision by the local authority.
Your appeal must include the following:
If you do not submit all the documentation, the appeal will be considered invalid and cannot be considered by An Bord Pleanála.
You will be charged a fee if you wish to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála. The fee for making an appeal depends on the type of case and the relevant legislation.
The appeal must be made in writing to the Secretary of An Bord Pleanála at the address below:
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.