How to support or object to a planning application with a local authority


Anyone has the right to see a planning application made to a local authority. You can also make a written submission or observation on the application for a fee of €20. Generally, the submission or observation must be made within 5 weeks of the date the local authority receiving the planning application.

People who are applying for planning permission must put up a site notice and advertise in a local newspaper that circulates in the area, so you can find out about these applications. Local authorities must prepare weekly lists of planning applications and make them available for inspection in their offices and public libraries for at least 8 weeks.

You are entitled to see all the documents submitted with a planning application, which will be kept at the offices of your local authority. Planning authorities cannot rule on an application until they have had the application for 5 weeks.

You must make comments about planning applications in writing to the local authority where the application was made. If possible, you should quote the planning application's reference number. You must also give your name and address.

Your submission or observation must be acknowledged by the local authority and you must be notified of the planning decision.

There are different rules if you want to support or object to a planning application or planning case that is with An Bord Pleanála.


Your comments must be based on planning considerations, not on personal likes, dislikes or grievances. Planning considerations include:

  • National and regional guidelines and ministerial directives
  • Policies and objectives of the development plan
  • Policies and objectives of any local plan
  • Local considerations such as site development density, parking provision, traffic hazards, overlooking, effects on residential amenity
  • Public health
  • Environmental, amenity and shopping impacts
  • Other material planning matters

Anyone who has made written submissions or observations and paid the necessary fee must be informed of the planning decision by the local authority (within 3 days of them making the decision).

If you made a submission or observation that has been acknowledged by the local authority, you have the right to appeal its planning decision to An Bord Pleanála. You also have the right to be informed of any other appeals that have been lodged to An Bord Pleanála and to receive a copy of the appeal. An Bord Pleanála has easy-to-read guides with information on making a planning appeal and making an observation on a planning appeal.


The fee for making a submission or observation on a planning application to a local authority is €20.
Page edited: 10 January 2020