After the Planning decision

Final Grants of Permission 

A period of 4 weeks, from the date of the decision of the Council in relation to a planning application, is allowed for the lodging of appeals to An Bord Pleanála.  

In the case of a decision to grant permission, if no appeal has been lodged against the decision of the Council in this period, then, the Council will issue a final grant of planning permission.  

The final grant is an important document and should be stored safely


Making an Appeal

A person who has made a valid submission on a planning application may appeal to  An Bord Pleanala against the decision or any conditions attached to the Council's decision within 4 weeks beginning on the date of the Council's decision.  

It is vital that you retain the acknowledgement of receipt of your submission issued to you by the local authority as the Bord will request this document if you are lodging an appeal. Appeals must be accompanied by payment of the appropriate fee.

Interested parties are advised to consult An Bord Pleanala, to ascertain if an appeal has been lodged by the applicant.  

All appeals against decisions of the Planning Authority and all correspondence in relation to new and existing appeals should be addressed to The Secretary, An Bord Pleanala, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 (Tel. 8588100 – LoCall: 1890 275 175 or email: ).  

A permission either granted by the Council or An Bord Pleanala on appeal, generally has a life of five years although this can be extended in certain limited circumstances.   

For full information on how to make an appeal please see the Department of the Environment Heritage and Local Government booklet – Making a Planning Appeal.   

For details of all documents and information that should accompany an appeal, please see the Appeals Checklist :   

Commencement Notices

Commencement Notices Are Required For:

  1. The erection of a building;   
  2. The material alteration or extension of a building; and
  3. A material change of use of a building
  4. Works in connection with the material alteration (excluding minor works) of a shop, office or industrial building.

A Commencement Notice is not required:

  1. For works or a change of use which are exempted development under the planning code, and for which a Fire Safety Certificate is not required; or
  2. where a 7 Day Notice has been submitted.  

A valid notice should be completed fully and received not less than 14 days and not more than 28 days before the commencement of the works or the making of the material change of use.  The notice must be accompanied by a Commencement Notice Fee, based on the number of buildings (details available from Building Control).

  • A Commencement Notice must not be submitted until Final Grant of Planning Permission is issued;
  • If a Fire Safety Certificate is required the Fire Safety Certificate must be granted before submission of the Commencement Notice.

Further details about submitting a Commencement Notice, and relevant forms and guidance notes, can be obtained from the Building Control Section.  

Compliance with Conditions:

On receipt of a Commencement Notice, the Planning Authority checks compliance with relevant conditions. Applicants are advised that while all conditions attached to a permission must be complied with, some need to be addressed prior to the commencement of the development. In the event of non-compliance, the Planning Authority may institute legal proceedings to enforce it.