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Planning Application Process and Procedures/Development Management Guidelines 2007: Preliminary Consultation (Closing 14 March 2014)


The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government intends to review and update the Development Management Guidelines for Planning Authorities 2007.  In conjunction with this process, the Department will consider in relation to the planning application process (as set out in Part III of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, as amended, and Part 4 of the Planning and Development Regulations, 2001, as amended) whether changes should be made in order to improve the efficiency of the process while continuing to provide for appropriate and necessary public participation and environmental assessment. 

The Department will also consider whether further changes should be made to the exempted development provisions of the Regulations, specifically whether it is appropriate to exempt further development from the requirement to obtain planning permission pursuant to section 4(2) of the Planning and Development Act 2000: section 4(2) permits development to be exempted which by reason of its size, nature or limited effect would not offend against the principles of proper planning and sustainable development.

The Guidelines, and consolidated versions of the Act and the Regulations are available at the following links:

Comments/submissions are invited by Friday 14th March and should be made by email to

 or by post to

Planning Section
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Room 1.71
Custom House
Dublin 1

Telephone queries concerning this matter may be made to +353 (0)1 888 2824

Please note that comments/submissions made will be made available to the public.




Wind Energy Guidelines Focused Review: Draft statutory guidelines - Public Consultation (Closing 21 February 2014)

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government is currently conducting a targeted review of its Wind Energy Development Guidelines in relation to noise, proximity and shadow flicker. It is proposed to update the relevant sections of the existing Guidelines on these specific issues with the text set out in this proposed revisions document (pdf, 446kb).  There will also be a number of technical appendices developed over the coming months to assist planning authorities in relation to noise assessment, monitoring and the setting of planning conditions.

As part of this review, Marshall Day Acoustics was commissioned by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), following a procurement competition, to carry out a study on wind farm noise. The objective of the study was to obtain evidence upon which to evaluate the appropriateness of the existing Wind Energy Development Guidelines in relation to noise impacts. Marshall Day Acoustics have significant international experience in this field and have previously participated in reviews of the wind farm noise guidelines for the Australian and New Zealand Governments. Their study is now completed and was a key input into the review of the current wind guidelines. Marshall Day’s study (pdf, 3,329kb) . It should be noted that this study is final and submissions are not being sought on its contents. As it is an independent study, the Department is not in a position to comment on its contents.  

As this is a targeted review focusing on specific issues, all the other sections of the current Wind Energy Development Guidelines 2006 (pdf, 777kb) (including existing appendices) will remain in place. Concerns of possible health impacts in respect of wind energy infrastructure are not matters which fall within the remit of these guidelines as they are more appropriately dealt with by health professionals. However, the Department of Health has been made aware of the on-going review of the Wind Guidelines and any perspectives that they may have, relevant to the planning process, will be taken into account in finalising the revisions to the guidelines. 

Written submissions on the proposed revisions to the Guidelines (pdf, 446kb) are invited up to February 21st 2014. Submissions on other sections of the Guidelines or additional matters will not be considered as it is not proposed to carry out a full review of the Wind Energy Development Guidelines at this time. Following consideration of the submissions made during this period of consultation, the revisions to the Guidelines will be finalised and issued to planning authorities under Section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).  
How to make your submission:-

Written submissions in relation to the Guidelines may be e-mailed or posted to:

Wind Submissions
Planning Section
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Custom House
Dublin 1

E-mailed submissions will receive an automatic acknowledgement reply. In the interests of transparency, all submissions received (including the name of the person making the submission but not their contact details ) will be made fully available online on the Department’s website , as soon as possible, and will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003. The onus is on persons making submissions not to include material of a private nature in the body of their submission. A separate cover sheet with your contact details should be completed and e-mailed in as a second attachment with your attached submission.

The cover sheet contact details will remain strictly confidential.




Review of Part V of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 -Public Consultation (Closed)

The Part V housing supply provisions in Section 93 of the Planning & Development Act 2000 have played a significant role in the delivery of social and affordable housing since its introduction and there are many people in good quality housing today as a direct result of the Part V supply mechanisms.

However, the reality is that Part V was designed for a housing market radically different to that which we now have which is why the Government’s Housing Policy Statement (June 2011) announced a full review of Part V and a standing down of all affordable housing schemes, including shared ownership, in the context of that review.

Accordingly, the Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency was asked by the Department to commission a Part V review consultation document that would reflect the reality of our changed circumstances and consider the issue of planning gain in the housing sector taking account of prevailing market conditions.  The consultation document reviewing Part V, prepared by DKM Economic Consultants and Brady Shipman Martin, was presented to the Department in late 2012 and it sets out an analytical context for a public consultation process that will assist in future policy development.

The document reviews the effectiveness of Part V as a housing delivery mechanism and assesses whether it remains an effective mechanism. The Department now seeks public comment on the document and, in particular, on the range of possible actions arising with specific reference to the options outlined on page 60 (and set out in detail on pages 61 – 67). Future policy decisions will be informed by the outcomes of this consultation process.

The DKM / Brady Shipman Martin review document is on the Department’s website for consideration and comments are welcome between now and Friday 27 September 2013. Comments can be sent in writing to the address below or, via email, to

Frank Walsh,
Housing Regulation, Coordination & Statistics Section,
Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government,
Newtown Road,

Please note that any comments received may be published by the Department in due course.

30 July 2013

Section: Housing Regulation Co-Ordination & Statistics


Wind Energy Guidelines Focussed Review - Public Consultation  (Closed)


The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in conjunction with the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources–intends to undertake a technical update of the guidance on noise (including separation distance) and shadow flicker in the Wind Energy Development Guidelines 2006.

This update is intended to ensure that the Wind Energy Guidelines are supported by a robust and up to date evidence base on these issues to support wind energy development in a manner which safeguards residential amenity consistent with EU and National Policy.

Comments are invited on these aspects of the Guidelines only before February 15th, 2013. Submissions on other matters will not be considered at this time. The updated Guidelines will be issued as soon as possible thereafter, taking into account the views expressed during the public consultation process.

Submissions in relation to the Guidelines may be made to:

Miriam Tiernan
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Custom House
Dublin 1
Tel: 01 888 2000

The Wind Energy Development Guidelines 2006 (doc, kb)

Please note that all submissions will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.




Development Contributions- Draft Guidelines for Planning Authorities  - Consultation Document  June 2012  (Closed)


The aim of these draft Guidelines is to provide updated guidance on the drawing up of development contribution schemes to reflect the radical economic changes that have impacted across all sectors since guidance last issued 2007. While it is recognised that the adoption of development contribution schemes is a reserved function of the elected members of each planning authority, one of the outputs of the new guidance should be a greater achieve a level of consistency in development contribution schemes on a national basis providing enhanced clarity to inform investment decisions across different local authority areas.

The draft Guidelines are issued as a consultation draft to facilitate more detailed observations to be made by interested parties and are available to view and download below. The closing date for receipt of submissions is 4 pm on  Friday 14th September, 2012.

Development Contributions - Draft Guidelines for Planning Authorities (pdf, 554kb)

Submissions in relation to the draft guidelines should be sent to:

Declan Bourke or Miriam Tiernan
Housing and Planning Section
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Newtown Road
(or by email:

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose are subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.