Additional Information on Planning Permission

Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the process by which the anticipated effects on the environment of a proposed development or project are measured. The document resulting from this process is called an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Certain public and private projects require an EIA to be carried out before planning permission is considered. The type of developments that require EIA include factories, chemical installations and pharmaceutical plants, textile, leather, wood and paper industries, intensive pig-rearing and poultry installations. The full list of developments that require EIA and they’re associated thresholds are set out in the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended).

Consultation with the Planning Authority is advisable prior to submitting an application for permission where an EIS either is or may be required. Where an EIS is required, 6 copies of an Environmental Impact Statement must be submitted as part of the application. For further information on Natural Heritage and the assessment of the potential impacts on same, see this link.

Architectural Conservation Impact Report
For any works proposed to be carried out to Protected Structures (PS) as identified on the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) or proposed Protected Structures, a detailed 'Architectural Conservation Impact Report' and associated 'Method Statement' shall accompany a planning application. Information on Protected Structures in the City & County may be found here.

Architectural Heritage Impact Assessment
Where Planning Applications involve works to or redevelopment of a building or structure identified on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) the Planning Authority may require an Architectural Heritage Impact Assessment to be prepared commensurate to the nature and scale of the proposal. The structures listed on the NIAH is available on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.

Where development involves Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs), the Planning Authority may require an 'Architectural Impact Assessment' to be carried out in order to ensure the protection from inappropriate actions which could materially affect the external character.

Archaeological Site Assessments
For development within Archaeological Sites and in zones of Archaeological Potential, the Planning Authority will have regard to the view and recommendation of the National Monuments Service and other interested bodies, such as the Heritage Council. Information on archaeological sites within the City & County can be found on the website of the National Monuments Service.

Site Suitability Assessment
Planning Authorities must ensure that every individual dwelling that is granted planning permission in an unsewered area has first undergone a site suitability assessment using the methodology set out in the EPA Code of Practice and the site assessment has fully met the required standards, as overseen by an appropriately trained, qualified and accountable assessor and designer. In accordance with Article 22(2)(c) of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 (as amended), applicants are required to submit the site assessment at the time of making the application.

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