What to Include in a Planning Application

Planning Application Form  

To apply for planning permission, the Applicant must complete a F1 - Planning Application Form (139 Kb). Alternatively, planning application forms are available from the Planning Department. Having completed the application, it is submitted together with the necessary documentation and the appropriate fee. It is important that every question on the planning application form is answered in full.

Public Notice  

You must give public notice of your proposals not more than 2 weeks prior to making an application.

Publishing a Notice in a Locally Circulating Newspaper
The following newspapers are acceptable for the publication of planning notices:

  • Limerick Leader
  • Limerick Chronicle
  • Limerick Post
  • Irish Examiner
  • Irish Independent
  • The Irish Times  

The application must be lodged with the Planning Department within two weeks of the publication date of the newspaper. All notices must contain: 

  • Name of the Planning Authority i.e. Limerick City Council.
  • Name of the Applicant.
  • Location of the land or address of the proposed site.
  • Nature of Application i.e. permission, outline or permission consequent on the grant of outline permission (stating the reference number on the register of the relevant outline permission) or retention.
  • Nature and extent of the development, including where the application relates to development, consisting of the provision of houses i.e. the number of houses to be provided.
  • If a building involved in the development is a Protected Structure.
  • I.P.C. licence or a waste licence is required – indicate the fact.
  • Whether the application will be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Statement.
  • Indicate that submissions/observations may be made to the Planning Authority during a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority.  The original page of the newspaper in which notice of the application was published must be submitted with the application.

Erecting a Site Notice 
Two copies of the Site Notice must be securely erected and located in a conspicuous position, be easily visible and be legible by persons using the public road. The site notices must be of a durable and weatherproofed material.

The site notice shall be headed ‘Application to Planning Authority’ and shall state the name of Applicant; the nature of Application i.e. permission, outline permission or permission consequent on the grant of outline permission or retention; the nature and extent of the development and that the planning application may be inspected at the offices of the Planning Authority. 

The site notice must be placed on site for five weeks from the date of receipt of the planning application. If it becomes illegible or is removed, it must be replaced immediately as failure to do so will delay the processing of the planning application. If a subsequent planning application is made on the same site within six months of the first application, the site notice must be in yellow. 

A copy of the site notice must be submitted with the planning application.


Letter of Consent from Land Owner  

If the person making the application is not the full owner of the site in question, it will be necessary to submit evidence that the owner consents to the making of the application.

Maps, Plans & Drawings

The following is a layout of the associated maps, plans and drawings that must be included with your planning application. 

Site Location Map (Six Copies)
The Site Location Map should be an up-to-date Ordnance Survey Map to a metric scale of 1:1000. The Site Location Map must contain all of the following information:

  • The land/structure and the boundaries of the site of the proposed development are required to be clearly identified in red.
  • Land which is under the control of the Applicant or the owner of the land/structure to be outlined in blue.
  • Way-leaves shown in yellow.
  • The Site Location Map must be on an Ordnance Survey map with the number of the Ordnance Survey map clearly indicated thereon. 
  • The north point. 
  • Name and address of person who prepared each drawing. 

Site Layout Plan (Six Copies)
The Site Layout Plan shall be drawn to a metric scale of not less than 1:500. Each Site Layout Plan to contain all of the following:

  • Site boundary to be clearly delineated in red.
  • All buildings, roads, footpaths, boundaries, water and sewer pipes/mains, adjoining buildings/structures/way-leaves, rights of way, trees, power lines, other buried services (broadband etc.), bored wells, treatment units and perculation areas, and other features on, adjoining or in the vicinity of the land/structure shall be shown.
  • North point.
  • All features within 100m of the proposed development should be indicated.
  • Position of site notice.
  • Details regarding surface water disposal to be shown for all proposed developments.
  • Finished floor and site levels relative to existing site and road levels.
  • Name and address by whom prepared.

Plans & Drawings (Six Copies)
These drawings are required for all applications except when applying for outline permission. Only metric drawings will be accepted. The drawings shall contain the following information:

  • Contain detailed structural drawings of floor plans, elevations and sections and such other particulars as are necessary to describe the works or structure to which the application relates. These must be drawn to a scale of not less than 1:200.
  • Drawings of elevations of any proposed structure shall show the main features of any buildings which would be contiguous to the proposed structure if it were erected.
  • Plans relating to works comprising of reconstruction, alteration or extension of a structure shall be so marked or coloured as to distinguish between the existing structure and the works proposed.
  • Plans and drawings of floor plans, elevations and sections shall indicate in figures the principal dimensions (including overall height) of any proposed structure and the distances of any such structure from the boundaries of the site.
  • Name and address by whom prepared.

Please note that additional copies of any plan, drawing, map, photograph or other particulars, may be required for applications in respect of development to Protected Structures and large scale developments. All plans and drawings must indicate the scale to which they are drawn. 

Furthermore, where the development relates to a Protected Structure, ten copies of all drawings and maps must be submitted. Where planning applications require an Environmental Impact Statement, six copies of the statement must be included in the application. 

Part V (where applicable)

Any proposed development on land zoned for housing or mixed use under the current Development Plan must satisfy the requirements of Part V of the Planning & Development Act 2000-2010 (As Amended), in relation to the provision of social/affordable housing. 

Certain types of residential development are completely exempt from the requirement to comply with Part V of the Planning & Development Act 2000 (Housing Strategy). There is no requirement for an Exemption Certificate in respect of these developments. These include:

  • Developments of social housing for letting by an approved housing body.
  • Conversions of buildings to housing where at least 50% of the external part of the building is being retained.
  • The carrying out of works to an existing house.
  • Housing on land which is not zoned.

Development consisting of four or fewer housing units or for housing on land of 0.1 hectares or less may be exempt from the Part V requirement and so the Applicant can apply for a F6 - Declaration of Exemption from the Requirements of Part V Application Form (182 Kb) from Section 96 of the Planning & Development Act 2000-2010 (As Amended).  

Please note: The granting of an exemption certificate does not imply that a planning permission will be granted for the proposed development.

If the proposed development is on land zoned for housing or mixed use and consists of more than 4 housing units, the Applicant must submit proposals to the Planning Authority when making the application on how he/she will meet the requirements of Part V of the Planning & Development Act 2000. It is advised that discussions in respect of this be carried out at a pre-planning meeting with the Property Department of Limerick City Council. The Applicant should arrange for such a meeting through the planning office. 


Environmental Impact Assessment (EIS)

E.C. Directive 85/337/EEC, as amended by E.C. Directive 97/11/EC, requires that certain public and private projects require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) before development consent is given. The type of projects listed in Annex I and Annex II of the Directive include factories, chemical installations and pharmaceutical plants, textile, leather, wood and paper industries, intensive pig-rearing and poultry installations, etc. The European Communities (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations, 1989 to 1999 were made by the then Minister for the Environment and Local Government incorporating the E.C. Directive into Irish law. These Regulations have been subsumed into the Planning & Development Regulations, 2001 which list the developments which must be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Consultation with the Planning Authority is advisable prior to submitting an application for permission where an EIS is or may be required. Where applicable, six copies of an Environmental Impact Statement must be submitted as part of the application.  


Appropriate Assessment

Natura 2000 sites are those identified as sites of Community importance designated under the Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora) i.e. a Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), or the Birds Directive (Council Directive 79/409/EEC on the Conservation of Wild Birds) i.e. Special Protection Areas (SPAs).

The Habitats Directive requires Appropriate Assessments (AA) to be undertaken where a plan or project, which may not be directly linked to a Natura Site but which may give rise to significant effects upon a Natura 2000 site. Therefore where a proposed development is likely to have adverse effects on the integrity of a ‘non-priority’ site of international importance for nature conservation, permission should only be granted where there is no alternative solution and where there are imperative reasons of overriding public interest in favour of granting permission, including those of a social or economic nature.  

Company Application

Where a planning application is made by a company, a certificate of incorporation of the company under the Companies Acts should be submitted, together with the address of the Registered Office of the company, names and addresses of the Directors and the company Secretary.   


Underground Services/Electricity Lines

Where water/sewer pipes/mains/broadband services/electricity lines etc. traverse the site, all must be clearly indicated on the Site Layout Plan and relevant body contracted to establish that no objection exists.


Built Heritage and Archaeology

For any works proposed to be carried out to Protected Structures (PS) as identified on the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) or proposed Protected Structures, a detailed Architectural Conservation Impact Report and associated Method Statement shall accompany a planning application. 

Where Planning Applications involve works to or redevelopment of a building or structure identified on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) the Planning Authority may require an Architectural Heritage Impact Assessment to be prepared commensurate to the nature and scale of the proposal. 

Where development involves Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs), Limerick City Council may require an Architectural Impact Assessment to be carried out in order to ensure the protection from inappropriate actions which could materially affect the external character. 

For development within Archaeological Sites and in Zones of Archaeological Potential, the Planning Authority will have regard to the view and recommendation of the National Monuments Service and other interested bodies, such as the Heritage Council.  

Hazardous Waste

If the proposed development involves the production of Hazardous Waste as defined by the Waste Regulations, details of such issues must to be submitted along with the planning application.  

Suitability of Site

Planning Authorities must ensure that every individual dwelling that is granted planning permission in an unsewered area has first undergone a site suitability assessment using the methodology set out in the EPA Code of Practice and the site assessment has fully met the required standards, as overseen by an appropriately trained, qualified and accountable assessor and designer. In accordance with Article 22(2)(c) of the Planning & Development Regulations 2006, Applicants are required to submit the site assessment at the time of making the application.

One-off Housing

  • If improvement works have to be carried out to the proposed entrance to the site to achieve adequate sight lines, it is necessary to show these improvements on a Site Layout Map and to submit a letter of consent from relevant landowners, for any proposed improvements outside the site boundary. If a site does not adjoin the pubic road, the Applicant must submit documentary evidence of right-of-way. 
  • Where the proposal involves any change to ground levels, the Applicant must detail and submit the appropriate drawings.  

Application Checklist

Before sending in your application please ensure the following information is included: 

  • Application form fully completed, signed and dated.
  • Appropriate fee.
  • The relevant page of the approved newspaper in which the notice was published.
  • One copy of the Site Notice signed and dated i.e. the date it was erected. Are all works shown on the lodged drawings described in full in the public notices?
  • Details on the application form agree with the public notices.
  • Six copies of the Site Layout Plan.
  • Six original copies of a Site Location Map.
  • Six copies of Plans and Drawings.
  • All maps, plans and drawings in metric and to the correct scale.
  • Plans showing the name and address of the person who prepared them.
  • Are the ordnance survey maps accompanying the application, original maps carrying a red stamp or stamped with a license number from the Ordnance Survey Office?
  • All plans showing the north point. 
  • A Section 97 Certificate (if applicable).
  • Where the application relates to an extension to an existing premises, ensure the plans clearly differentiate between the existing to that proposed.
  • Written consent from the owner of the land/structure if the Applicant is not the owner.
  • Where the Applicant is a registered company, are the names of the company directors and the address and registration number of the company given?
  • Where applicable, has a site suitability assessment report been submitted?
  • Is the appropriate fee included?

In order to calculate the correct planning application fee, please refer to the Fees Table for Lodgement of Planning Applications (60 Kb).


Withdrawing a Planning Application

An Applicant may at any time prior to the decision date, withdraw their application by completing a F9 - Planning Application Withdrawal Form (140 Kb). In such instances, no decision in respect of the application is deemed to have been made and internal reports are therefore not available for public viewing.

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Last update:02/04/2014