Planning and Development

Planning Permission

Development Management

Anyone who wishes to develop land or property must apply to the council for planning permission unless the development is exempt. Planning permission is required to build or demolish property or significantly alter the use land or property.

You can apply for planning permission with us by post.


Making a Valid Application:

In order to make a valid application you must submit the following documents:

  • Completed application form. Planning Permission Application Form / Foirm Iarratais Pleanála
  • Correct fee. Fees differ depending on the type of development proposed. Download Planning Application Fees
  • Copy of public site notice. The site notice is placed on site for 5 weeks from the date of receipt of the planning application. You must replace it if it gets damaged or removed as your application could be invalidated. It should be placed where the site meets the public road and be clearly visible to public. Download Sample Site Notice Rev K  and  Guidelines for completing the Site Notice Rev K
  • Site location map (6 copies). This should be an Ordinance Survey map and scaled not less than 1:1000 (urban areas) and 1:2500 (rural areas).  The site application must be outlined clearly in red, additional ownership in blue, wayleaves in yellow.
  • Site Layout Plan (Block Plan/ Site Plan) (6 copies) The scale should be not less than 1:500 (or other if previously agreed).  Mark site application in red, show all relevant features, distances from boundaries, position of site notice/s, levels/ contours where applicable.
  • Copy of original newspaper notice in list of  Approved Newspapers You must lodge the application within 2 weeks of the newspaper publication date. The Newspaper notice must contain:
  1. Heading is the planning authority and include applicant’s name.
  2. Nature of application i.e. permission type
  3. Location, townland or postal address of the land or structure
  4. Brief description of development
  5. Include wording “The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.”

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


Here is a Checklist for Planning Applications.

Planning Permission Process

We will send your planning decision letter by registered post, usually 8 weeks from the date the application is received.  If we ask for additional information on your application, you have up to 6 months from the date of the additional information request to send the response.

You, or any objectors have the right to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanála within 4 weeks.  If we grant permission and no appeal is made against the Council’s decision during the 4 weeks, we will then issue the final grant of planning permission.  It should be noted that to allow for possible delays in An Bord Pleanála notifying the Council that an appeal has been lodged, it is Council policy to issue final grants of permission on a weekly basis 5 to 6 weeks after notification of decision to grant permission was made. As the final grant is an important document, therefore, you are advised to store it safely.

Exempt Development

Exempt development is development for which Planning Permission is not required.

It generally relates to developments of a minor nature such as:-

  • Works of improvement, maintenance or other alterations that affect only the interior of a structure
  • Works that do not materially affect the external appearance of a structure
  • Building of an extension, shed, garage, boundary walls, etc. within the curtilage of a house subject to conditions and limitations
  • Certain changes of use of commercial premises

In the case of a Protected Structure and/or structures in an Architectural Conservation area: 

  • It is important to note that most exemptions do not apply to structures that are included on the Council's Register of Protected Structures or that are situated in an architectural conservation area.
  • However, works may be exempted development if they do not affect: a) the character of particular structures, b) or specific parts of particular structures c) or specific features within the attendant grounds of particular structures .
  • However you should apply to the Local Authority for a written Declaration as to the type of works which it considers would or would not materially affect the character of the structure or of any element of the structure.

Not sure if your development is exempt? You can apply for a document from us called a Declaration of Exemption, which confirms if you need for planning permission.

You do this by filling in the form below and sending it to us along with the list of documents and fee.

For further details, please take a look at the Doing Work Around the House Leaflet and the Exempted Development Leaflet.

Agricultural and Farm development leaflet

Planning for the Business Person leaflet

Full details of exempted development may be found in Section 4 of the Planning & Development Act 2000, Articles 6 – 10 and Schedule 2, Part 1 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, S.I. 600 of 2001. These are available on

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Telephone:    (01) 8905541 (Swords)   

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County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin
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Contact the Planning Department

Email:           [email protected]
Telephone:    (01)8905541 (Swords)

Visit us at our public counter:
County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4.30pm


Postal Address for Planning Applications 

Planning Department

Fingal County Council

County Hall


Co. Dublin

K67 X8Y2


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