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ABOUT: The Planning Process

Planning has been described as an ‘emotive process’ that can impact the lives of people on a day to day basis. GABC members who offer planning services are often referred to as ‘Planning Agents’ whereby they have a familiarity with the Local Planning Authority and the policies and objectives of the operational County Development Plan and Local Area Plans.


The following is an overview of the Irish Planning System:


Planning in Ireland was first introduced into law on the 1st October 1964 when the Local Government (Planning & Development) Act, 1963 was effected. This act gave planning powers to local government and designated same as ‘Planning Authorities’. The system was generally based on the English system of planning at that time. There have been a number of amendments to the 1963 Act as follows:


The act was amended in 1976 with the introduction of An Bord Pleanála as a statutory third party appeal board. The act was amended further in 1982, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998 and 1999 whereby certain elements and powers of other authorities were altered to come under the Planning Acts and also the introduction of Architectural Heritage provisions etc.  


The Act underwent a major overhaul in 2000 with the consolidation of the past Acts under the Planning & Development Act 2000. It has since been amended in 2006 and it is currently pending a further amendment which has yet to be signed into law.


The Planning Acts and the regulations there under reflect a growing European favour and the acts have now specific concerns with regards to environmental planning and sustainability.


The Planning Acts set out a planning framework in succession from the following:

1. National Spatial Strategy

2. Regional planning guidelines

3. Development plans

4. Local area plans.  


The Planning Act also requires the following to be undertaken by Planning Authorities:

1. Making Development Plans / Local area Plans

2. Operating the Planning System

3. Planning Enforcement (Not to be mixed up with Building Control)


The Act also sets out the operation of An Bord Pleanála, which is a third party appeal board and is a unique inclusion in Planning Law when compared to other European countries.

This information is not an interpretation of the Law and is provided for information purposes only. GABC are not responsible for any losses that may be incurred through the use of the information contained within this website.  

Planning Act 2000 Planning Act 1963 Planning Act 2006 2001 Planning Regulations

Acts & Law