What requires a licence?
You will need a licence from a planning authority to place on, under, over or along a public road the following items or equipment:
- a vending machine,
- a town or landscape map for indicating directions or places,
- a fence, scaffold or hoarding,
- an advertisement structure,
- a cable, wire or pipeline,
- over ground electronic communications infrastructure and any associated physical infrastructure such as a telephone pole or cabinet,
- a telephone kiosk or pedestal, or
- any other appliance, apparatus or structure specified in regulations made by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage or by an Act of the Oireachtas that requires a licence.
A common example is an application for a licence to place tables and chairs outside a hotel, restaurant, public house or other venue. For this reason, sometimes a licence application is referred to as being for a "street furniture" licence, although there are many other items and situations where a licence may be required.
For further information on how to apply for a licence, you should contact your local planning authority.
What is a Section 254 licence decision appeal?
A Section 254 licence appeal is where the planning authority has made a decision on an licence application to:
- grant a licence,
- refuse a licence,
- withdraw a licence, or
- continue a licence.
You can appeal the planning authority's decision to An Bord Pleanála.
Who can appeal?
Any person can appeal the granting, refusing, withdrawing or continuing of a licence.