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SID: Applications

This page explains the application stage of the strategic infrastructure developments.

Informing the public when an application is made

Before applying to the Board, the prospective applicant must publish a notice of the proposed application in at least one newspaper circulating in the area of where the proposed development is to be located. In most cases, site notices will also be required.
These notices will:

  • give the name of the applicant,
  • give details about the nature and location of the proposed development, 
  • if an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) is required and has been prepared by the applicant,
  • if a Natura Impact Statement (NIS) is required and has been prepared by the applicant,
  • the times and places where the application, EIAR or NIS can be viewed and copies bought,
  • that an application is to be made to the Board for planning permission or approval depending on the type of case,
  • the types of decision which the Board may make,
  • that the public may make observations on the proposed application to An Bord Pleanála (at least six weeks will be allowed), and
  • that prescribed bodies may make observations on the proposed application to An Bord Pleanála.

An Bord Pleanála will publish details about the application we have received in the weekly list of new cases on our website.

Viewing or getting copies of the application

There are two ways you can see or get copies of the application.

Application's Website

The applicant must provide a website where the application can be inspected. You can find the website address on the newspaper notice and on the site notice. The notices will provide information on how the public can make an observation to An Bord Pleanála about the application.


Hard copies at An Bord Pleanála's office and local planning authority's office

The applicant must give paper copies of the application to An Bord Pleanála and the local planning authority and they are available for viewing for at least six weeks. The applications can be viewed at An Bord Pleanála’s office and the local planning authority’s office. If the development is in more than one planning authority area, copies of the application will be available in each local planning authority. The documents can be inspected free of charge. You can also buy a copy of the application for a reasonable cost depending on the number and format of the pages in the application documents.
An Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) or a Natura Impact Statement (NIS) or both EIAR and NIS may be submitted with the application. If they are, you can view and buy a copy of them at An Bord Pleanála’s office and the local planning authority’s office. 


Taking part in the application process

Anyone can make an observation to An Bord Pleanála within the time period allowed. The time period is at least six weeks from the date specified in the newspaper notice or site notice. The time period specified in the notice is also the same time period in which you can view and buy copies of the application.
Before making an observation, you can also view the pre-application consultation case file through our public access service.

If making an observation, it should contain your views on the proposed development’s possible effects on:

  • the proper planning and sustainable development of the area,
  • the environment of the proposed development, and
  • an European site where applicable.

There are also other requirements to make a valid observation. You must:

make your observation in writing (either typed or handwritten).

clearly state your own name and postal address. 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 application (for example: Ballytown Transport Hub, Main Street, Ballytown, Co. Ballytown), or

  • the An Bord Pleanála case reference number for the application.
    (for example: ABP-300000-20).

give us:

  • your planning grounds of observation (reasons and arguments), and

  • any items you wish to support your grounds of observation.

make sure that the submission or observation is received by An Bord Pleanála within the time period given in the public notice of the application.

pay the correct fee of €50 fee (except if you are a prescribed body).

make your observation on time and within the specified time period.

These are explained more fully in our guide on how to make an observation on a strategic infrastructure development application.
During the application process, An Bord Pleanála may decide to hold an oral hearing or may decide to request further significant information about the application.
However, if you are making an observation it is very important that you carefully prepare your grounds of observation (reasons and arguments) and any documents you wish to include. When you have made your observation, you cannot make any further observation unless we specifically ask you for them. Please note that An Bord Pleanála cannot consider non-planning issues.