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Planning Appeals

Generally if a person wants to build something they must first apply for planning permission to their local county or city council (planning authority). When a decision issues you may be able to appeal it.

Who can appeal?

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1. You made an application to the planning authority for a proposed development (The Applicant).

You can make a First Party appeal.

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2. You made a submission to the planning authority on a proposed development.

You can make a Third Party appeal.

You will need the acknowledgement from the planning authority when you made your submission.

You may be able to appeal if:

  • You are a person with an interest in the adjoining land: apply for leave to appeal
  • A prescribed body that was not notified of a planning application by the planning authority as required by law, or
  • An environmental protection group can only appeal if an environmental impact assessment report (EIAR, formerly EIS) was needed to be submitted with the application and was not.

How much time do I have to make an appeal?

You have four weeks beginning on the date the planning authority makes its decision.

The decision date is the date that the planning authority’s chief executive's order is signed. This is a strict time limit.

If the last day for making your planning appeal falls on a day that the Board’s offices are closed (Saturday, Sunday, Public Holiday), your appeal will be valid if received on the next working day.

Use our calendar

Select the date of the planning authority decision and you will see the last date to make your appeal.

Planning authority
Decision date:
--Select a date--

Closing Date for Appeal:
-Select a date--

How do I make an appeal 



You must put your appeal in writing (either typed or handwritten), you can use this form to assist – but there is no official form required.


You must clearly state your own name and address. If someone is acting for you, like a planning agent they must clearly state their own name and address as well as your name and address.


You must give us enough details to allow us to identify the application you wish to appeal. Examples of the details we accept are:

  • a copy of the planning authority decision, or
  • the name of the planning authority and the planning register reference number (for example: Ballytown City Council, 23719/18)

You must provide your planning grounds of appeal (reasons and arguments) for your appeal and any items you wish to support your grounds of appeal.


If you are a third party, you must include the written acknowledgement given to you by the planning authority to confirm it received your submission or observation at planning application stage. We can also accept a copy of the acknowledgement.


You must pay the correct fee.


You must make your appeal within 4 weeks from the date that the planning authority has made its decision.


You must post your appeal 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 during office hours - Monday to Friday from 9.15am to 5.30pm. Please note that the security staff in our office cannot accept appeals.