Apply for planning permission
You can apply for planning permission with us by post, or by making your application to us at either of our planning counters, County Hall Swords and Civic Offices Blanchardstown.
Making a planning application
To make a valid application you must submit the following documents: Checklist to Determine Valid Planning Applications Rev G
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- Completed application form. Planning Permission Application Form / Foirm Iarratais Pleanála
- Correct fee. Fees differ depending on the type of development proposed. Download Planning Application Fees
- Certificate from the Provisions of Part V Social and Affordable Housing Before,(or when) applying for planning permission you must also apply for a certificate in respect of 1-9 houses or on residentially zoned land of 0.1ha. Download Certificate Of Exemption (Social and Affordable Housing) Rev F Some rural areas have specific conditions relating to local housing. You may also need to send in a Supplemenatry Application Form for Permission for a Dwelling in a Rural Area Foirm Iarratais Fhorlíontach maidir le Cead Pleanála do Theaghais i gCeantar Tuaith
- Copy of public site notice. The site notice is placed on site for 5 weeks from the date of receipt of the planning application. You must replace it if it gets damaged or removed as your application could be invalidated. It should be placed where the site meets the public road and be clearly visible to public. Download Sample Site Notice and Guidelines for completing the Site Notice
- Site location map (6 copies). This should be an Ordinance Survey map and scaled not less than 1:1000 (urban areas) and 1:2500 (rural areas). The site application must be outlined clearly in red, additional ownership in blue, wayleaves in yellow.
- Site Layout Plan (Block Plan/ Site Plan) (6 copies) The scale should be not less than 1:500 (or other if previously agreed). Mark site application in red, show all relevant features, distances from boundaries, position of site notice/s, levels/ contours where applicable.
- Copy of original newspaper notice in List of Approved Newspapers You must lodge the application within 2 weeks of the newspaper publication date. The Newspaper notice must contain:
- Heading is the planning authority and include applicant’s name.
- Nature of application i.e. permission type
- Location, townland or postal address of the land or structure
- Brief description of development
- Include wording “The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.”
Planning decision process
We will send your planning decision letter by registered post, usually 8 weeks from the date the application is received. You, or any objectors have the right to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanála within 4 weeks. If we grant permission and no appeal is made during the 4 weeks, we will then send a final grant of planning permission.
If we ask for additional information on your application, you have up to 6 months from the date of the additional information request to send the response.
Planning application date calendar
You can use the online planning application date calculator below to work out the following dates:
- The decision date for a planning application
- The latest date for making submission or observations
- The last date for site notice maintenance
Simply place your mouse over the date the application was made and the relevant dates will appear. The calendar is intended for guidance purposes only.
Planning Application Date Calendar
Development Contribution Scheme 2016-2020
The Council operates a Development Contribution Scheme to part fund the provision of public infrastructure and facilities in the county. All planning permissions are subject to this scheme, including permissions granted on appeal by An Bord Pleanála, unless exempt in accordance with the provisions of the scheme.
It should be noted that from 1st January 2017, the Development Contribution Rates will increase by 6.18% in accordance with the Tender Price Index. The rates of contributions effective from 1st January 2017 shall be as follows:
Residential €80.85 per m2
Non-residential €63.13 per m2
These rates of development contributions are payable to the Council in respect of the three classes of public infrastructure referred to under Article 9 of the Development Contribution Scheme 2016 – 2020. An additional contribution is payable to Irish Water in respect of public infrastructure provided by them. Developers should contact Irish Water directly in this regard.
Supplementary Contribution Schemes
Supplementary contribution schemes also apply for the Metro North and the Navan to Dublin Railway Line Phase 1 projects.
Navan to Dublin Railway Line Phase 1 (Clonsilla to Dunboyne)
The effective rates of contribution are as follows:
- Residential €167,509 per gross site hectare
- Commercial €381,901 per gross site hectare
- Clonsilla to Dunboyne Rail Line Supplementary Development Contribution Scheme
- Clonsilla to Dunboyne Rail Line Scheme Map
- Clonsilla to Dunboyne Rail Line Public Notice
Cessation of Metro North Development Contribution Scheme
Fingal County Council at its meeting held on 13th June, 2016, ADOPTED the following Resolution:
"That this Council resolves to cease the existing Section 49 Supplementary Development Contribution Scheme for Metro North. All contributions collected and retained under the Scheme will be refunded to those that paid them. A new Scheme will be brought forward before the Council at an appropriate point in the development of the new Metro North project."
Arrangements are in hand to comply with the terms of the motion.
For further information please contact Bonds and Contributions Sectoin, Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Department on (01) 8905545 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Extension of Duration of Planning Permission
If you haven't completed your build before your grant of planning permission expires and you meet the criteria you may be eligible to apply for an extension of duration of planning permission.
Contact the Planning Department
Telephone: (01)8905541 (Swords)
Visit us at our planning counters,
County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Civic Offices, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm
Postal Address for planning applications: (split by area)
North County area of Fingal send to:
Fingal County Council
P.O. Box 174
and for D15 and surrounds, and all areas west of the N2 send to:
Fingal County Council
P.O. Box 174