Guide to making a Planning Application

The following are the requirements that are needed to lodge a valid planning application under the Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2008.

Timeframes for Planning Permission

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Newspaper Notice

The newspaper notice shall be published in a newspaper (see list of approved newspapers below) within a period of two weeks prior to the lodgement of the application and must state:

  • “Cavan County Council” as its heading
  • the name of the applicant
  • the location, townland or postal address of the land or structure to which the application relates (as may be appropriate),
  • whether the application is for permission for development, permission for retention of development, outline permission for development or permission consequent on the grant of outline permission (stating the reference number on the register of the relevant outline permission),
  • a brief description of the nature and extent of the development, including:
    1. where the application relates to development consisting of or comprising the provision of houses, the number of houses to be provided,
    2. where the application relates to the retention of a structure, the nature of the proposed use of the structure and, where appropriate, the period for which it is proposed to retain the structure,
    3. where the application relates to development which would consist of or comprise the carrying out of works to a protected structure or proposed protected structure, an indication of that fact,
    4. where the application relates to development which comprises or is for the purposes of an activity requiring an integrated pollution prevention and control licence or a waste licence, an indication of that fact, or
    5. where a planning application relates to development in a strategic development zone, an indication of that fact,
  • that the planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Site Notice

  • Site Notice must be erected not more than two weeks prior to lodging a planning application and must state all of the same information re: proposed works, as appears in the newspaper notice, including the fact that the application will be available for inspection and/or purchased during public opening hours and submissions/observations may be made in writing within 5 weeks of lodgement of application.
  • The site notice must be signed by the applicant or else signed by the applicant’s agent with a contact address.
  • The site notice must state the date on which it is erected.
  • The information must be inscribed or printed in indelible ink on a white background, affixed on rigid, durable material and secured against damage from bad weather and other causes
  • Notice must be securely erected or fixed in a conspicuous position on or near the main entrance of the land or structure from the public road, or where there is more than one entrance from public roads, on or near all such entrances.
  • Notice must be visible and legible by persons using the public road, and not obscured or concealed at any time.
  • Where a second valid application is made within 6 months of previous application, the site notice on the second application must be inscribed on a yellow background.
  • Site notice must be kept in place for 5 weeks from date of lodgement of application and must be renewed or replaced if it becomes defaced or illegible
  • It is advised that a site notice be printed on material A4 in size and should be at a height of not more than 1.5 metres.

Content of Planning Applications generally

Any planning application lodged must contain the following information:

  • Completed Planning Application form
  • Copy of Site notice (as erected at site)
  • Copy of newspaper notice
  • Application fee
  • 6 copies of a Site Location map
  • 6 copies of site layout plan
  • 6 copies of Plans (drawings of floor plans, elevations and sections) and such other particulars as are necessary to describe the works to which the application relates.
  • Where the applicant is not the legal owner of the land or structure in question, a letter of written consent from the owner must be submitted.
  • Rural Housing Application
  • Where the application is for residential development that is subject to compliance with Cavan County Council Housing Strategy (Part V) of the 2000 Act:
    • Specification of the manner in which it is proposed to comply with section 96 of Part V, or
    • A certificate of exemption from the requirements of Part V, or
    • A copy of the application submitted for a certificate of exemption. (not required with every application)
  • Where the application is for residential development that is not subject to Part V of the 2000 Act by virtue of section 96(13) of the Act: Information setting out the basis on which section 96(13) is considered to apply to the development. (not required with every application)
  • Site Suitability Assessment
  • Where the disposal of wastewater for the proposed development is other than to a public sewer information on the on-site treatment system proposed and evidence as to the suitability of the site for the system proposed.
  • Where the application refers to a protected structure/ proposed protected structure/or the exterior of a structure which is located within an architectural conservation area (ACA): Photographs, plans and other particulars necessary to show how the development would affect the character of the structure. Applications that refer to a material change of use or retention of such a material change of use: Plans (including a site or layout plan and drawings of floor plans, elevations and sections which comply with the requirements of Article 23) and other particulars required describing the works proposed. (not required with every application)

Applications for farming buildings


  • Where an application requires an Environmental Impact Statement: 10 no. copies of the Environmental Impact Statement. (not required with every application)
  • Applications that are exempt from planning fees: Proof of eligibility for exemption. (not required with every application)

Please note: Where an application does not comply with these requirements, the application will be declared to be invalid and will be returned to the applicant along with the fee paid explaining why the application is not valid.


More information

For more information, download the Office of the Planning Regulator's Guide to Making a Planning Application, (PDF, 1.1MB)

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