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A Guide to Making a Planning Appeal

Copyright 2007 An Bord Pleanla

The planning system includes a comprehensive appeals process. Under this, all planning decisions made by planning authorities may be subject to independent review by An Bord Pleanála (the Board). This leaflet gives details of the main features of the appeal process and is intended as a practical guide to the procedures under the 2000 Planning Act. It is not a definitive legal interpretation of the planning law. You are also advised to read ‘A Guide to Fees Payable to the Board’ leaflet. This and further information is available from the Board or your local planning authority.

1. Is there an appeal application form?

There is no statutory appeal application form. However, the Board has produced a ‘Planning Appeal Form/Check List’ which may be used as a cover page in an appeal. This document provides an easy-to-use guide which, if followed fully, should help to ensure that your appeal will be valid. Remember that the onus is on you to make a valid appeal. The document is available from the Board, may be downloaded from its website and should be available from your local planning authority.

2. Who may appeal?

3. Is there a time limit on appeals?

Except where a person is granted leave to appeal by the Board (see questions 2(2) and 29), appeals must be received by the Board within four weeks beginning on the date of the making of the decision by the planning authority (N.B. not the date on which the decision is sent or received). The day the decision is made is counted as the first day. For example, if the decision of a planning authority is made on Wednesday 2nd of a month, the last day for receipt of the appeal is Tuesday 29th of the same month.

Where a person is given leave to appeal, the appeal must be received by the Board within two weeks of him/her receiving notification of that fact.

These are strict statutory time limits. The Board has no discretion to accept late appeals, whether they are sent by post or otherwise. It is your responsibility to ensure that the appeal or other material is delivered or posted in time for delivery within the appropriate period. An appeal or other material posted within the permitted period but received outside it will be invalid. Further explanation of the time limits is given in questions 25, 26 and 27.

4. How may I appeal?

Every appeal must be made in writing and must be:

5. What must I include with my appeal?

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