When Do I Need Planning Permission?

Planning permission is required for any development of land or property unless the development is specifically exempted from this need. 


The carrying out of works on land or buildings; (building, demolition, alteration) the making of a material change to the use of the land or buildings (i.e. significant change).

What developments do not require planning permission?

Exempted developments do not require planning permission. Categories of exempted development are set out in Planning Law. They usually refer to developments of a minor nature, such as small extensions to houses. Reference must be made to the legislation to ensure that the development falls within the exemption thresholds. If the particular development exceeds the thresholds listed, the exemptions no longer apply.

For more information about Exempted Development click here.

Types of planning permission

Full Permission: An application for full permission requires an applicant to submit detailed plans and full particulars of the development. A successful application in this case will enable the applicant to commence development provided he or she is otherwise entitled to do so.

Outline Permission: Outline permission if granted means that the planning authority agreed to the proposed developement in principle. If the applicant wishes to receive full permission they must apply for 'permission following the grant of outline permission'.

Permission Consequent to Outline Permission: This type of application follows the grant of outline permission. It provides for the submission of detailed plans and drawings of the proposed development.

This service is provided by

Planning Development

Phone +353 61 556000
Limerick City and County Council, Dooradoyle, Limerick V94 XF67