An Bord Pleanála

Requesting an oral hearing

    About this guide

    This guide provides information on how to make an oral hearing request on a planning appeal case.

    We have tried to make this guide as accurate and helpful as possible, however, it is not legal advice. NALA has awarded this document its Plain English Mark.

    The full PDF guide can be downloaded here [PDF, 264KB]

    Contents

    Before requesting an oral hearing
    Making a request
    After you make your request
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Legislation
    Contact Us

     

    Before requesting an oral hearing

    What is an oral hearing?
    An oral hearing is a public meeting to allow relevant issues in a case to be discussed and examined. Anyone can attend, but only participants who are taking part in the case can be involved in the discussion. An Bord Pleanála sometimes holds an oral hearing to help our inspector gather more information on a planning appeal case from participants. It is not formal or legal in design or practice.

    When does An Bord Pleanála hold an oral hearing?
    The Board normally decides to hold an oral hearing if it believes it would be helpful to understand a particularly complex case. Oral hearings can also be held where the Board considers there to be significant national, regional or local issues involved. The Board can decide to hold an oral hearing with or without someone requesting it.

    Who can request a hearing?
    Only the applicant, appellant or planning authority involved in the appeal can request an oral hearing.

    How much time do I have to make an oral hearing request?
    There are strict time limits on making an oral hearing request:

    If you are making an appeal and also requesting an oral hearing,
    your oral hearing request must be made within four weeks beginning on the date the planning authority made the decision
    Example

    If the planning authority makes a decision on Thursday 11 April,
    the last day we can receive your oral hearing request is Wednesday 8 May.

    Apr11


    If you have received a copy of an appeal or appeals and want to request an oral hearing,
    you can request an oral hearing within four weeks from the date we sent you the copy of the last appeal.
    Example

    If we write to you with a copy of the last appeal on Wednesday 2 August, the last day for us to receive your oral hearing request will be Tuesday 29 August.

    Aug2

    You can contact us if you want help to work out the last day for making your request. There are different rules about time limits between December 24 and January 1 (inclusive) which can affect the last date.

    warning

    An Bord Pleanála cannot accept late requests.
    It is your responsibility to make sure that we receive your oral hearing request within the required time limits.

    Can I make an oral hearing request after I have made my appeal?
    Yes, you can make an oral hearing request after you have sent or delivered your appeal. To make a request your appeal must be valid, and you must meet all the requirements for a valid request. Your oral hearing request must also be received within four weeks beginning on the date the planning authority made the decision.

     

    Making a request

    How do I request an oral hearing?
    To request an oral hearing depends on your situation:

    If you are an appellant making an appeal,
    you can request an oral hearing by:
    • ticking the box that states "yes, I wish to request an oral hearing" on the oral hearing request on the Planning Appeal Form (part 9), or
    • writing to ask for one with your appeal.
    If you are an appellant that has already submitted a valid appeal,
    you can request an oral hearing by writing to us.
    If you are replying to an appeal that we have sent you,
    you can request an oral hearing by writing to us.

    How much does an oral hearing request cost?
    An oral hearing request costs €50. This is not refundable.


     

    In person at our reception In the post

    Cash

    Accepted We advise you not to send cash in the post.

    Debit and Credit Cards

    Accepted Not accepted

    Cheques

    Accepted Accepted

    Bankers Drafts

    Accepted Accepted

    Postal Orders

    Accepted Accepted

    Where do I send or deliver my oral hearing request?

    You must:

    • post it to: The Secretary, An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 V902,

    • or

    • deliver it in person to a member of An Bord Pleanála staff at our office in Marlborough Street (address above) during office hours - Monday to Friday from 9.15am to 5.30pm. Please note that the security staff in our office cannot accept appeals.
    warning

    Remember, do not place your oral hearing request in the letterbox of our office and do not email it to us as your request will be invalid.
    We are closed on weekends, public holidays and other publicised days such as Christmas Day and Good Friday.

     

    After you make your request

    What happens after I have made my request?
    When you request an oral hearing, we send the case file to one of our inspectors. The inspector will review the case. They will then recommend to the Board if an oral hearing should be held. The Board will consider the case file, the request and the inspector's recommendation. The Board will use its power to decide to grant or refuse an oral hearing. The Board's decision on the oral hearing request is final. After this, we will write to you and all participants in the appeal with the decision.

    The Board has decided to hold an oral hearing. What do I need to do?
    We will write to you with the details of the oral hearing and invite you to attend. Please read this letter carefully. The letter will be sent to you at least 5 working days before the day the oral hearing starts. When the oral hearing has been arranged, we will also publish the details on our website. Further information about oral hearings is available in our oral hearing guide.

    The Board has decided not to hold an oral hearing. What happens next?
    If the Board has decided not to hold an oral hearing, the appeal will be then sent to one of our inspectors. The inspector will consider all documentation on the case and will normally visit the site. After the site visit, the inspector prepares a report and recommendation for the Board. The Board will then make a decision based on all the documentation on the case.

     

    Frequently asked questions

    Can I make the oral hearing request online?
    No. It is not currently possible to make the oral hearing request online.

    Can I pay the fee over the telephone by debit or credit card?
    No. We cannot accept fee payments over the telephone.

    Can I email or fax the oral hearing request and send the fee in the post?
    To make a valid oral hearing request, you need to send all the documents required and the appropriate fee. They must arrive together before the close of the 4-week period.

    Can you accept a late oral hearing request?
    By law, An Bord Pleanála cannot accept a late oral hearing request for any reason.

    What if An Bord Pleanála's office is closed on the last day allowed for making an oral hearing request?
    The last date for us to receive an oral hearing request is on a weekend, public holiday or other day when our office is closed, we can receive your oral hearing request by 5.30pm on the next working day that our office is open. More details are available on our website.

     

    Legislation

    The laws and regulations referred to in this document are:

     

    Contact us

    If you want a copy of this document in a different format or if you need more information, please contact us.

Last modified: 01/08/2019