Limerick City and County Council has announced the establishment of a new Planning and Environmental Services Department based at the Council offices in Dooradoyle as part of an ambitious change programme within the organisation.
The new Planning and Environmental Services Department, part of a wider Service Operations Directorate, will commence operation from Monday, 25th April 2016 when sections dealing with planning applications, enforcement, development contributions, casual trading, event licences, derelict sites and conservation will re-locate from Patrick Street to Dooradoyle.
The strategic side of the Economic Development and Planning function, including Forward Planning, Economic Development and the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) will continue to be based in Patrick Street.
The change is happening due to a major transformative programme that the local authority has embarked on following the amalgamation of the city and county councils in 2014.
The Council’s aim is to maximise the use of financial and human resources while giving citizens increased access to more efficient services so the local authority fundamentally changed its operating model with many of the changes, like the establishment of the new Planning and Environmental Services Department, going live later this month.
"The idea behind this new department is to have all enforcement and all licences processed centrally in one place to avoid duplication across various areas," stated Gordon Daly, Director of Service, Service Operations/Change Management.
"The functions in this new department will include planning applications, contributions collection, Enforcement, Licensing, Derelict sites and Conservation. Other services incorporating Environmental services will be litter control, Waste Enforcement and regulation and dangerous structures,” he added.
Mr. Daly confirmed that the Council’s new operating model is being rolled out across the organisation to further enhance the services being provided to all customers and stakeholders.
There may be some minor disruption to Planning and Environmental Services from Monday 18 April to Friday 22 April to facilitate the move.