An Bord Pleanála

Observation on a strategic housing development application online

Anyone can give their written comments to An Bord Pleanála on a Strategic Housing Development application case. When you give your comments, you are said to be making an observation or it may also be called a submission. You must make your observation within the time limit of five weeks from when An Bord Pleanála receives the application. You will also need to pay a fee unless you are a prescribed body. We must have your online observation by 5.30pm on the final day to make an observation.

1. What you need to include in your observation
2. How you make an observation
3. Sending the completed observation online
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There are 3 stages to make your observation online.

1. What you need to include in your observation

To send a valid observation online to An Bord Pleanála, you need to:

put your application in writing (either typed or handwritten).
state clearly your own name and postal address in the observation. If a planning agent is acting for you in this observation, the agent must clearly write their own name and postal address as well as your name and postal address.
give us enough details to allow us to easily identify the application you wish to make an observation on. Examples of the details we accept are:
  • the name and location of the proposed development in the application (for example: Town Square Project, Main Street, Ballytown, Co. Ballytown), or
  • the An Bord Pleanála case reference number for the application. The case reference number is the 6-digit number (for example: 300000).
give us:
  • your planning grounds of observation (reasons and arguments), and
  • any items you wish to support your grounds of observation.
have access to a debit or credit card and be ready to pay the correct fee.
  • strategic housing observation - €20
  • strategic housing observation and oral hearing request - €70
make your observation on time and within the 5-week time period beginning on the date An Bord Pleanála receives the application. You can check the date a case was lodged and received by An Bord Pleanála at: www.pleanala.ie/lists/oc/TA/
complete your observation document and saved it as a Microsoft Word document or as a PDF document with your name and details of the case. When you have saved it, the name of the observation should look like this:
  • 300000 - Ann Duine.docx
  • or
  • Town Square Project, Main Street, Ballytown - John Murphy.pdf

If you want to find out more information about the different requirements, you can read our Making an observation on a Strategic Housing Development application.


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2. How you make an observation

To make an observation, you can either:

Option 1
You can download the Observation form. The form is Microsoft Word (109Kb). You will need to complete the form and save it as a Microsoft Word document or as a PDF document.
Picture of the Observation Form. If you click on the picture you will be able to download a copy of the Observation Form for you to use.
Option 2
You can decide not to use our form and instead prepare your observation document. For example: you may wish to prepare an observation like a letter in a Microsoft Word document. You will still need to save or scan your document as a Microsoft Word document or as a PDF document to use the uploader.

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3. Sending the completed observation online

When you have your observation completed and you have your debit or credit card ready for payment, you can:

By clicking on the “Send Observation” button you can start the process to send your observation online to An Bord Pleanála.

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More information

If you want to find out more information, you can read our guide Making an observation on a Strategic Housing Development application.

You can also download the guide as a PDF (PDF, 570kb).

Front cover of the Making an Observation on a Strategic Housing Development application guide. Clicking on the page will download a PDF copy of this guide.


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Last modified: 30/11/2020