Councils can issue certificates of exemption to developers in certain cases for smaller residential developments which are excluded from social and affordable housing requirements.
Certificate from the Provisions of Part V Social and Affordable Housing Before,(or when) applying for planning permission you must also apply for a certificate in respect of 1-9 houses or on residentially zoned land of 0.1ha. Download Certificate Of Exemption (Social and Affordable Housing) Rev G
Some rural areas have specific conditions relating to local housing. You may also need to send in a Supplementary Application Form for Permission for a Dwelling in a Rural Area / Foirm Iarratais Fhorlíontach maidir le Cead Pleanála do Theaghais i gCeantar Tuaith