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Marine Planning and Foreshore Section administers applications for consent under the Foreshore Act for developments which fall within the statutory responsibility of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. The service may be availed of by formally making an application for consent on the application form provided by the Section. An application must be accompanied by the materials necessary to support the application and to allow a full assessment of the proposal, such as an environmental impact statement and/or natura impact statement where required, maps, plans, or any other information which the Minister may require to fully assess the application.

The Minister may grant consent for development where it is considered to be in the public interest, subject to environmental assessment and agreement on the terms of the property contract to be entered into with the applicant. 

The Section is also responsible for management and enforcement of lease/licence conditions following the grant of consent, including the collection of the rents accruing to the Minister for the duration of the lease/licence term.


Contact Details:

Marine Planning - Foreshore Unit
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Newtown Road

by email to:







Donegal, Galway, Kerry,

Limerick, Mayo


Ann Banville




Dublin, Kilkenny, Louth, Meath,

Sligo, Waterford, Wicklow, Wexford.

Matt McLoughlin

Liz O'Brien



Clare, Cork.

Pat O Neill

Shirley Kennedy        



The Department provides services through Irish and, accordingly, welcomes customers who wish to deal with it in Irish.

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