Submissions & Observations

Making a Submission/Observation on a Planning Application

The planning process is an open and public one whereby all documents including planning applications, submissions and decisions can be viewed under request by members of the public.  The Planning Authority can inform the public whether an application has been made and on payment of €20, the public can make a submission/observation in writing to Limerick City Council in relation to the particular application.

Submissions/observations must be made in writing within 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the planning application. If Limerick City Council receives a submission/observation after the five week period, it cannot be accepted and is returned along with the fee paid. 

The Local Authority informs all members of the public who made a submission/observation and paid the appropriate fee, of the planning decision within 3 days of making the decision.

Once the submission/observation has been made, it cannot be withdrawn. However if you wish to have your original submission disregarded you can do so by making a further addition to your submission instructing the Planning Authority to disregard your original observation. It should be noted that both submissions will remain on file.  An objection to an application is not confidential. All members of the public can view planning applications in the Planning Department. 

If you made a submission/observation that has been acknowledged by the Local Authority, you have the right to appeal the 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.

What to Include in your Submission/Observation

All submissions/observations must be made in writing to the Planning & Economic Development Department, Limerick City Council, 1st Floor City Hall, Merchants Quay, Limerick and must include the following:

  • The name and address of the person or body making the submission/observation.
  • The planning reference number of the application concerned.
  • Date submitted.
  • Issues relevant to planning process.
  • A fee of €20 which can be payable by cheque or cash.

Please note, submissions should be based on planning considerations; vexatious or frivolous comments will not be considered, civil matters will not be adjudicated by the Planning Authority.   

Defamation Notice

Participants making submissions to the Planning Department on planning applications should be aware that comments involving allegations of any kind against a named or otherwise identifiable person or organisation may be viewed as defamatory by the subject of the comments. Participants may be sued directly for any defamatory allegations in a submission and should avoid making such allegations. Submissions made to the Department may be made available for public inspection. Please note that, in the event of any potentially defamatory allegation giving rise to legal action against it, the Department may seek indemnity from the person making the allegation. It should be understood that the Department is only concerned with issues relevant to the planning application and that personalised comments are generally not relevant to its deliberations.


Last update:22/06/2011