Planning and Development

Pre-planning Consultation

Development Management

Pre-Planning Consultation

The purpose of pre-planning consultation is to afford applicants an opportunity to seek advice from the Planning Authority on a proposed development.  This advice can include indicating the relevant objectives and policies of the development plan that may have a bearing on the decision of the application.

A pre-planning consultation can be arranged if the person has an interest in the land concerned and where he/ she wishes to consult about a proposed development or future planning application, that is, a specific proposal. Enquires of a speculative nature, together with queries relating to sites that are for sale and seeking advice on the development potential for lands will not be dealt with by the Planning Authority. In such cases, the applicant should consult the Fingal County Development Plan/ local area plan and/or seek appropriate professional advice.

Pre planning consultation may be delivered via a telephone call, correspondence or email or meeting, depending on the scale and complexity of the development.

It is advisable prior to making a pre-planning application, to consult the Fingal County Development Plan 2017-2023 and associated maps, which may contain much of the relevant planning information needed for your proposed development. 

Pre planning advice is given in good faith and without prejudice to the formal consideration of any subsequent planning application. Section 247(3) of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended states that “the carrying out of consultations shall not prejudice the performance by a Planning Authority of any other of its functions under this Act, or any regulations made under this Act and cannot be relied upon in the formal planning process or in legal proceedings.”

How Do I Arrange a Pre-Planning Consultation?

Fingal County Council are pleased to announce the launch of a new online system which enables applicants to lodge their pre-planning application online.

Requests for consultations can be made via our online Citizen Portal


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The Following documents are required to be uploaded within the Details Section of the Portal before submitting your enquiry.


Please do not send pre planning requests to individual e-mail addresses of staff members. This is in order to ensure that all requests are received, recorded and reviewed by the Planning Department.

Other Guidance Documents to Consider as Part of Pre Planning

Applicants are advised to consult the following prior to submitting an application:

  • Universal Design

Fingal County Council Advice Note Universal Design

Appendix A -Surface Water Management Design Statement

Appendix B -Fingal SuDS Selection Hierarchy Sheet

Appendix C -Statement of Areas

Flood Risk Checklist Rev0 Dec 2020

Keeping It Green - Open Space Strategy for Fingal - Appendices


Appendix 3 Fingal Bond Requirements

Appendix 4 - Taking in Charge Checklist.

Appendix 5 – Taking in Charge Request Form.

Appendix 6 - Roads TIC Specification.

Appendix 7 - Traffic Infrastructure Technical Specification

Appendix 8 - Surface Water TIC Specification.

Appendix 9 - Public Lighting TIC Specification.

Appendix 10 - Open Spaces and Landscaped Areas TIC Specification.

Appendix 11 - Fingal County Council Safety File Requirements.

Appendix 12 – Sample Taking in Charge drawing.

Appendix 13 – Estate Sign Specification.

Appendix 14 – Blue/Green Infrastructure Specification.

Appendix 15 – Plebiscite Request for Taking in Charge Form


Large-Scale Residential Developments

For Large-Scale Residential Development pre-planning consultation click here 


Contact Details

Contact the Planning Department at

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


Visit us at the planning counter or post information to:


Planning Department, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9.30am to 5pm and Friday 9 - 4.30pm.