The main type of referral is in relation to questions, in any particular case, as to what is or is not development or is or is not exempted development within the meaning of the Planning and Development Acts.
Referrals differ from other case types that come before the Board in that decisions in these cases set precedents that have a direct bearing on subsequent cases. They are also of importance to the public, developers and their agents in their consideration of developments that they might wish to undertake and which may or may not require planning permission.
You can view the types of referral that can be made to An Bord Pleanála.
Building Control Act Cases
An Bord Pleanála can receive appeals on several decisions under the Building Control Acts.