An Bord Pleanála

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and An Bord Pleanála: Information

General information
Timelines
Alternatives to visiting our office
Before you visit our office
Arriving at our office
Calendar of last dates to make a planning appeal
Submissions and Observations
Postal Deliveries
Viewing a decided case file: Public Access
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General information

From Monday 25 May 2020, An Bord Pleanála's office at 64 Marlborough Street Dublin 1 is reverting to full public opening hours of 9.15 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday.

The Government's orders extending time limits on planning matters provided that the period of time beginning on 29 March 2020 and expiring on 23 May 2020 is to be disregarded for the purpose of calculating various time limits under the Planning and Development and other related Acts. As the Government has not made a further order extending the time freeze beyond the 23 May 2020 the normal time limits as set out in the relevant legislation apply with effect from 24 May 2020.

From Monday 25 May 2020, An Bord Pleanála's office is fully re-opening to the public with our normal hours of 9.15am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. While the Board's offices are open for public callers please be advised that material being submitted to the Board can continue to be sent in the post or delivered by courier within office hours.

There are some important changes to the public areas of our office due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). These changes may affect you if you visit our office often or you have visited our office previously. We have hand sanitiser available in our reception and public areas. Our office is being cleaned regularly throughout the day.

If you are considering making an appeal, observation, submission, request, referral to An Bord Pleanála, our advice is to prepare your document or documents in advance. Then post or hand deliver them to our office within our office hours 9.15am to 5.30pm as soon as you can and preferably before the last day allowed.

The law does not allow us to make any exceptions to the time limit rule or other statutory rules even in the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19.

Persons who wish to interact with An Bord Pleanála are encouraged to utilise remote channels of communication with An Bord Pleanála, such as post, telephone and email, where possible, rather than calling into the office. This is to limit, as far as possible, unnecessary person to person contact in accordance with social distancing principles.

  • Post: 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 V902
  • Email addresses:
  • Phone: (01) 858 8100 or Lo-call 1890 275 175.

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Timelines

The operation of the new provisions means that where the last day:

  • to make an appeal or referral, or
  • submissions or observations on an appeal or referral, or
  • submissions or observations on a strategic housing development, or
  • submissions or observations on a strategic infrastructure development, or
  • submissions or observations in response to an existing request from An Bord Pleanála for further information on a case, or
  • submissions or observations to an existing invitation for further submissions on an existing case

falls within the period 29 March 2020 to 23 May 2020 then the time deadline for receipt of any such matter is now automatically extended to a date beyond 23 May 2020.

The duration of any such extended period will differ in individual cases. The general principle is that any original time deadline will extend beginning on 23 May 2020 by a period equal to the number of days in the original deadline that fall within the period of 29 March 2020 to 23 May 2020.

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Alternatives to visiting our office

Sending documents to us

If there is sufficient time available, please consider sending your documents to us by post or by courier rather than visiting our office. If you wish to make an appeal you can check the last dates to make an appeal on our website. If you wish to make an observation on a strategic housing development application you can check the last date on the strategic housing developments area of our website. If you wish to do something different please contact us.

It is your responsibility to make sure that documents arrive within the required time period. Items must reach us before 5.30pm on the last day of the specified time period even if postmarked in advance of a deadline. The law does not allow us to accept as valid documents which are late. If you have any concerns about your documents not reaching us in time by post or by courier and you want to visit our office to hand deliver, please plan your visit to our office by reading the information below.

You can pay fees by the post using cheques, bankers drafts or postal orders. We do not recommend cash through the post. We cannot accept debit or credit card payments or EFT by post.

We strongly recommend that you do not place any item in our letterbox as your item may be invalid.

Information on decided case files

You can find basic information about cases by checking our website and using the search function. To find the case you want:

  • type in the 6-digit An Bord Pleanála case reference number. Current cases have numbers such as 300000, with older cases having numbers such as 234567, RL2000, PA4000, or
  • type in a geographical location or key words in the description of the proposed development.

Each decided case has on its webpage:

  • Inspector's Report
  • Board Direction
  • Board Order

If you want further information or to view the full case file, please email our public access section at publicaccess@pleanala.ie and give them details about the case file you wish to view. Our public access team will contact you and give you further information. You may also wish to read the information below to help you plan your visit to our office to view the full file.

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Before you visit our office

General information

Our office hours are 9.15am to 5.30pm. You can find out ways to travel to our office on our website and also on the Transport for Ireland journey planner. There is no general street parking available next to our office. There is one accessible car park space in front of our office. There are public car parks nearby.

To follow Government guidance on social distancing and COVID-19, we have made some changes to the public areas of our office.

Please follow the instructions of our staff and security personnel who will guide you. There will also be information posters to help you.

You should be prepared to queue and to maintain 2 metres (6.5 feet) social distancing whilst waiting. We will try to accommodate the queue in our office but at times it may be necessary to queue on Marlborough Street. We will try to keep queues and delays to a minimum but health and safety considerations for the public and our staff is our priority.

When you are in our office, we ask that you:

  • use the HSE advice on physical distancing as well as cough and sneezing etiquette.
  • use hand sanitiser to wash your hands before you enter the building and remember to wash your hands again when you leave our building.
  • do not shake hands.
  • follow instructions of our staff and security personnel.

Planning appeals

Before you visit our office, you can check this COVID-19 information page to check the last date to make an appeal when the planning authority has made a decision on a date between 2 March 2020 and 29 May 2020.

To make sure that you have completed all the steps to make an appeal, we invite you to use the planning appeal checklist which should help you to make a valid appeal. If possible, please make your appeal in advance of the last date to make an appeal.

If you want to make an observation you can use the observation checklist to check if you have completed all the necessary requirements for an observation. If possible, please make your observation in advance of the last date to make an observation.

If visiting the office we request that you pay fees where possible by debit or credit card, cheque, postal order or bankers draft. Our website can give you more information about fees and how to pay them.

Strategic Housing Developments

Before you visit our office, you can check the last dates to make an observation on a current application on our website at www.pleanala.ie/shd/applications/index.htm.

If you want to make an observation on an application you can use the observation checklist to check if you have completed all the necessary requirements for an observation. If possible, please make your observation in advance of the last date to make an observation.

If visiting the office, we request that you pay fees where possible by debit or credit card, cheque, postal order or bankers draft. Our website can give you more information about fees and how to pay them.

Strategic Infrastructure Developments

Before you visit our office, you can check the last dates to make an observation on a current application by contacting us at sids@pleanala.ie.

If you want to make an observation on an application you can use the observation checklist to check if you have completed all the necessary requirements for an observation. If possible, please make your observation in advance of the last date to make an observation.

If visiting the office we request that you pay fees where possible by debit or credit card, cheque, postal order or bankers draft. Our website can give you more information about fees and how to pay them.

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Arriving at our office

You should not visit our office if:
  • you are feeling unwell or have:
    • a fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above),
    • a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry,
    • shortness of breath (breathing difficulties).

  • you need to restrict your movements.

Further information on symptoms and restrictions are available on www.gov.ie/covid-19 or www.hse.ie.

When you arrive at our office please follow the instructions of our staff and security personnel.

If there is someone at the service desk counter, you may be asked to join a queue. Please take the first available spot and move forward 2 metres (6.5 feet) to the next available spot when it becomes available. When the service desk counter is free, our staff member will ask you to step forward.

For the health and safety of the public and our staff there is a perspex screen fitted to our counter.

If you require assistance at any point or you feel unwell, please tell a member of our staff or security personnel.
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Calendar of last dates to make a planning appeal

This information was published on Monday 11 May 2020

The handy tables below can help you work out the last day to make an appeal when the planning authority has made a decision on and between: Monday 2 March 2020 and Friday 29 May 2020.

To find out the last date to make an appeal on a planning authority decision:

  1. Find the date that the planning authority made its decision on the planning application in the left-hand column of the relevant table.
  2. Then go across to the right to see the last date you can make an appeal to us.

Example: The first table below shows that when a planning authority makes its decision on Friday 6 March, then your last date to make an appeal is Thursday 28 May.

Planning authority makes a decision on planning application (Chief Executive Order)

Last date to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála after applying freeze period then weekend rule where appropriate

Monday 02 March 2020

Monday 25 May 2020

Tuesday 03 March 2020

Monday 25 May 2020

Wednesday 04 March 2020

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Thursday 05 March 2020

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Friday 06 March 2020

Thursday 28 May 2020

Planning authority makes a decision on planning application (Chief Executive Order)

Last date to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála after applying freeze period then weekend rule where appropriate

Monday 09 March 2020

Tuesday 02 June 2020

Tuesday 10 March 2020

Tuesday 02 June 2020

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Tuesday 02 June 2020

Thursday 12 March 2020

Wednesday 03 June 2020

Friday 13 March 2020

Thursday 04 June 2020

Planning authority makes a decision on planning application (Chief Executive Order)

Last date to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála after applying freeze period then weekend rule where appropriate

Monday 16 March 2020

Monday 08 June 2020

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Tuesday 09 June 2020

Thursday 19 March 2020

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Friday 20 March 2020

Thursday 11 June 2020

Planning authority makes a decision on planning application (Chief Executive Order)

Last date to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála after applying freeze period then weekend rule where appropriate

Monday 23 March 2020

Monday 15 June 2020

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Monday 15 June 2020

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Thursday 26 March 2020

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Friday 27 March 2020

Thursday 18 June 2020

Planning authority makes a decision on planning application (Chief Executive Order)

Last date to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála after applying freeze period then weekend rule where appropriate

Monday 30 March 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Wednesday 01 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Thursday 02 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Friday 03 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Planning authority makes a decision on planning application (Chief Executive Order)

Last date to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála after applying freeze period then weekend rule where appropriate

Monday 06 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Tuesday 07 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Wednesday 08 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Thursday 09 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Planning authority makes a decision on planning application (Chief Executive Order)

Last date to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála after applying freeze period then weekend rule where appropriate

Tuesday 14 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Wednesday 15 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Thursday 16 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Friday 17 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Planning authority makes a decision on planning application (Chief Executive Order)

Last date to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála after applying freeze period then weekend rule where appropriate

Monday 20 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Thursday 23 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Friday 24 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Planning authority makes a decision on planning application (Chief Executive Order)

Last date to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála after applying freeze period then weekend rule where appropriate

Monday 27 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Tuesday 28 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Thursday 30 April 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Friday 01 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Planning authority makes a decision on planning application (Chief Executive Order)

Last date to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála after applying freeze period then weekend rule where appropriate

Tuesday 05 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Wednesday 06 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Thursday 07 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Friday 08 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Planning authority makes a decision on planning application (Chief Executive Order)

Last date to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála after applying freeze period then weekend rule where appropriate

Monday 11 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Thursday 14 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Friday 15 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Planning authority makes a decision on planning application (Chief Executive Order)

Last date to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála after applying freeze period then weekend rule where appropriate

Monday 18 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Tuesday 19 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Thursday 21 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Friday 22 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Planning authority makes a decision on planning application (Chief Executive Order)

Last date to make an appeal to An Bord Pleanála after applying freeze period then weekend rule where appropriate

Monday 25 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Monday 22 June 2020

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Thursday 28 May 2020

Wednesday 24 June 2020

Friday 29 May 2020

Thursday 25 June 2020
Full 2020 calendar here
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Submissions and Observations

The same principles should be applied to submissions or observations and existing requests or invitations for comments or further information across the full range of case types dealt with by An Bord Pleanála.

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Postal Deliveries

Please note that An Bord Pleanála will continue to receive postal deliveries during the period as normal so any necessary documentation within the postal system will be delivered and processed as normal throughout this period.

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Viewing decided case files: Public Access

Before you visit the office

If you want to view a decided case file, you can contact us at publicaccess@pleanala.ie to arrange a time to view the file or files. This will also allow our staff to have the file or box available in the office when you arrive to view them.

Due to social distancing requirements it may be necessary to limit the number of people using the public access reading facilities in our office. We request that you contact us before visiting us if you wish to view files.

If requesting photocopies, we request that you pay charges where possible by debit or credit card, cheque, postal order or bankers draft. Our website can give you more information about fees and how to pay them.

When you visit the office

If you are visiting our office to view decided case files please indicate this to a member of our staff or security personnel and follow their instructions. You will be directed to an area where you can view the file.

When you have the file you may wish to use the free self-service photography service. Except for maps, plans and certain other items, you can photograph most documents on the case file. All you will need to do is fill in a Declaration Form and hand it to the member of the public access team assisting you. You can find out more about self-service photography and viewing decided case files on our website.

Photocopying of documents, plans and drawings remains available. You can find out the costs of photocopies in our viewing decided case files: public access guide. The photocopying service is currently very busy so please allow some time for photocopying. If documents cannot be photocopied during your visit, we will post the photocopies to you.

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