Information You May Need About Planning Permissions in Dublin

Planning permissions in Dublin is a legal requirement. If you plan on doing any changes in your home or property, you may need to get planning permission. It is possible that you may also need a planning permission extension in Dublin, time-wise.

The time will take a statutory period of eight weeks for a decision. You will need another 4 weeks before any decision is made if further information is needed.

Local authorities may also ask for clarification up to 2 times. After the further information is received, this also has a four week period for decision after information is submitted. In most domestic extensions, further information or clarification is rarely needed.

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Before making a plan, check your legal need for a planning permission.

Do You Need To Apply For Planning Permission?

The short answer is: it depends. When you apply for planning permission in Dublin, the focus is on what you are going to change and the size of the change. There are a few changes that no longer need any planning permission. 

To know if your specific change needs a planning permission, check out the following information about changes that do not need to have planning permission.

You do not need a planning permission in any of the following cases:

In The Case Of A House Extension

When your intended extension is to the back of the house and   will not increase the original floor area by more than 40 square meters, there is no need for a planning permission. The walled part of the extension should not be higher than the original house  . It should also not reduce the open space at the back of your house to less than 25 square meters. If your intended extension will go beyond the limits set, you will  need to apply for a planning permission.

I have extended my house before, do I need a new planning permission? If it is to the back of the house and you do not exceed 40 square metres over all for the house , you do not need to get  permission. This means that your previous extension and the new extension should not exceed 40 square metres.

With a Garage Extension

Garage extensions will not need any planning permission if the garage is attached to the side or the rear of the house. However, it should have a floor area of no more  than 25 square meters.

If you are building a garage at the side of the house or at the back, there is no need for permission  and does not exceed 4 meters in height for tiled or a slated pitched roof or three meters for any other type of roof. Also, it must not extend out in front of the building line of the house. The floor area of the new works must not exceed 25 square metres, for both the new and previously added garage or shed  extensions.

To use your garage for habitation it will require planning.

With A Front Porch

A front porch, you will not need a planning permission if you do not exceed 2 square metres in area. If it is more than 2 meters from a public road or footpath, there is also no need for  planning permission. If your porch has a tiled or slated pitched roof, it must not exceed the parameters of 4 metres in height or 3 metres for a flat roof.

Other Cases

You will also not need any planning permission in the following installations or extensions at your home:

  • When building car parking spaces;
  • When building garden paths; or
  • When there are capped walls or wooden fences (as long as they do not exceed 1.2 metres in height or two metres at the side or rear).

Planning permission extension is always required if you wish to widen or create new access to the public road.