An Bord Pleanála

Glossary: A to Z

A, B, C, D, E, F, I, L, N, O, P, R, S, T, U, V, W, Y

 

A

Access to information on the environment (AIE)
Under the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations, anyone is entitled to apply to An Bord Pleanála for access to environmental information that is held by, or for, An Bord Pleanála.

Acknowledgement
A document issued by a planning authority which shows you made a submission to that planning authority.

Act
A law that has been passed by the Oireachtas (parliament) and approved by the President.

Agent
A person who acts on your behalf in an appeal, application or referral.

Appeal
A review of the original decision on a planning application made by a planning authority.

Appeal (building control)
A review of the original decision on an application made by a building control authority to either refuse or to grant subject to condition or conditions.

Appellant
An individual or organisation who makes an appeal (see also First Party, Third Party).

Applicant
An individual or organisation who makes a planning application to a planning authority (see also First Party).

Applicant (building control)
An individual or group who makes an application to a building control authority.

Appropriate assessment (AA)
Whether a plan or project, alone or together with other plans and projects, is likely to have significant effects on a European Site(s). This is in view of best scientific knowledge and the conservation objectives of the site(s).

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B

Board
The Board of An Bord Pleanála.

Building control authority
The local authority – county council, city council or city and county council– responsible for building control in its areas.

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C

Commercial
Commercial developments are:

  • non-residential developments for professional, commercial or industrial purposes,
  • developments for paid or rewardable services, or
  • residential developments of two or more houses / flats.
Commercial does not include developments for agricultural purposes.

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D

Disability Access Certificate
A certificate granted by a building control authority that certifies compliance of the design of certain works that the building, works or change of use if constructed in accordance with the plans, documents and information submitted would comply with the requirements of Part M of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations.

Dispensation (building control)
Exempt from or not required to follow usual requirements of the Building Regulations.

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E

Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR)
A document prepared by an applicant that assesses the likely significant effects on the environment of a proposed development.

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F

Fire safety certificate
A certificate granted by a building control authority that certifies that the building, works, or change of use if constructed in accordance with the plans, documents and information submitted to the authority, would comply with the requirements of Part B of the Second Schedule to the Buildings Regulations.

First Party
The person who applies for planning permission for a proposed development (see also Applicant).

Freedom of information
Under the Freedom of Information Act, anyone is entitled to apply to An Bord Pleanála for access to information that is held by it and not otherwise publicly available.

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I

Inspector
A technical member of staff who makes site inspections, prepares a report on the planning case and makes a recommendation to the Board to grant or refuse permission.

Invalid
Does not meet all of the statutory requirements needed by law and regulations to be considered a case.

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L

Leave to appeal
Requesting the permission of the Board to make an appeal as:
1: you did not make a submission on an application; and
2: the permission conditions attached to a grant on that application now impact land which:
a) you have an interest in; and
b) is beside the proposed development site.

Local authority project
Applications for planning permission made directly to An Bord Pleanála for major infrastructure developments (prioritised by the Government) submitted by a local authority. It also includes associated and other cases relating to compulsory acquisition of land by local authorities.

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N

Natura impact statement (NIS)
A document prepared by an applicant that assesses the likely significant effects on certain nature conservation sites arising from a proposed development.

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O

Observation, Observer (Appeals)
Any person, other than the applicant, planning authority or an appellant, who comments on an appeal (see also Submission).

Observation, Observer (Applications)
Any person, other than the applicant, who comments on the application (see also Submission).

Oral hearing
An oral hearing is a public meeting to allow relevant issues in a case to be discussed and examined.

Our
An Bord Pleanála.

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P

Planning and Development Act 2000; Planning and Development Acts (as amended)
An Act of the Oireachtas passed in 2000 by the Oireachtas about matters governing the planning system in Ireland. Parts of this 2000 Act have since been changed or amended by several other Acts. Together these Acts are known as the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2019.

Planning authority
The local authority – county council, city council, or county and city council – responsible for planning in its area.

Prescribed body
An organisation or body specified in regulations made by the Minister.

Public access
After a decision has been made on a case, you can view the decided planning case file within three days after the decision. This is called public access.

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R

Referral
A case where the Board decides whether a proposal requires planning permission or not.

Regularisation certificate
A certificate granted by a building control authority where a building has been commenced or completed without a fire safety certificate, where such a certificate is required and certifies that the building work is in compliance with Part B of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations.

Regulations
A law or rules made by an Act or sometimes a Government minister.

Relaxation (building control)
Reduction or lessening of the usual requirements of the Building Regulations.

Retention
Planning permission for a development that has already been carried out or partially carried out.

Revised disability access certificate
A certificate granted by a building control authority which is required where:

  • an application for a disability access certificate is made before a grant of planning permission, by the subsequent permission, or
  • where significant revision is made to the design, works, extension or use of a building for which a disability access certificate has already been granted, and
  • where any revision made to the planning permission (including any conditions attached) require that the revised design complies with Part M of the regulations.

Revised fire safety certificate
A certificate granted by a building control authority which is required where:

  • an application for a fire safety certificate is made before a grant of planning permission, by the subsequent permission, or
  • where significant revision is made to the design, works, extension or use of a building for which a fire safety certificate has already been granted, and
  • where any revision made by the planning permission (including any conditions attached) require that the revised design complies with Part B of the regulations.
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S

Statutory
Something that is decided, set up or controlled by statute law. Statute law is a law passed by parliament.

Statutory requirements
Requirements needed by law for a case to be valid.

Strategic development zone (SDZ)
An area of land that is proposed to contain developments of economic or social importance to the State. Once designated, a draft planning scheme for the phased development of the SDZ is proposed. Draft planning schemes can be appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Strategic housing development (SHD)
Applications for planning permission directly to An Bord Pleanála for certain housing developments.

Strategic infrastructure development (SID)
Applications for planning permission directly to An Bord Pleanála for major infrastructure developments by local authorities and others.

Submission
A document on appeals or applications which may include supporting materials such as photographs, plans, drawings and technical guidance. (The document can be typed or handwritten.)

Substitute consent
Applications for planning permission made directly to An Bord Pleanála to regularise past development.

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T

Third Party (appeal)
A person appealing the decision of a planning authority on a proposed development other than the person who made the original planning application (see also Appellant).

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U

Us
An Bord Pleanála.

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V

Valid
Meets all statutory requirements needed by law and regulations to be considered as a case.

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W

We
An Bord Pleanála.

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Y

You
You as a person, company, group, organisation or State authority.

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This guide does not claim to be a legal interpretation of the law. We have tried to make this guide as accurate as possible. However, An Bord Pleanála will not be held responsible for any action arising out of its use.

 

 

Last Updated: 30/08/2019