Planning & Development is the management, control and regulation of development, balancing public and private development needs with the protection of amenity, and the environment in the wider public interest.
Planning legislation is largely set out under the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act 1963 and European regulations incorporated into Irish law. It has been subsequently revised under the consolidated Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2018. Prior to 1963, planning permission was seldom required to build or demolish buildings. The Planning and Development Act 2000 (the Act) states that the purpose of the legislation is “to provide, in the interests of the common good, for proper planning and sustainable development”, though no definition of “sustainable” is given. The principal regulations underpinning the Planning and Development Acts are the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 to 2018. These regulations are updated regularly to put legislative changes into effect or to update guidance to planning authorities.
At Clarke & Co we advise our clients on whether planning permission is required and what the process involves.