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Welcome to Cork City Council’s Planning Homepage. The aim of this section of the website is to help you find the information that you need as easily as possible. If you think the website needs improving please tell us how you feel it should be made better. 

Our aims

As the local planning authority for Cork we aim to make Cork City, Ireland’s second city, the best place that it can possibly be – a city to rival any other European city of equivalent status and size. Cork is a unique place and we want to make the most of what’s special about it and to allow development to change those things that need to be enhanced and to provide for the needs and aspirations of the people of Cork. 

The vision of the Planning Department is to facilitate and promote the highest quality planning and sustainable development, given the powers that it has been given under the Planning and Development Acts 2000 (as amended) and other relevant legislation. Our core mission is to make Cork the kind of place that you would like it to be - a fantastic place to live, work, invest and play. 

The job of the planning department, in partnership with key stakeholders, is to manage Cork’s evolution and its physical, economic, social and cultural development. We do this by providing a strategic planning framework adopted by the City Council, and using this to guide decisions made through the regulatory services that we offer (e.g. through the planning application process and the enforcement process).