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Cork County Council's Planning Department is responsible for the orderly and sustainable development of the county.






The Office of the Planning Regulator and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage have published a series of planning leaflets dealing with all aspects of the planning system. These leaflets cover a wide range of issues including how to prepare and lodge a planning application, how to make a planning appeal, requirements for change of use, building extensions, garages, domestic sheds, agricultural development, etc. The leaflets are available for view or download below.

A Guide to the Development Plan

Treoir don Phlean Forbartha

A Guide to Planning Permission

Treoir faoi Chead Pleanála

A Guide to Making a Planning Application

Treoir chun Iarratas Pleanála a Dhéanamh

A Guide to Making a Planning Appeal

Treoir chun Achomharc Pleanála a Dhéanamh 

A Guide to Planning Enforcement in Ireland

Treoir don Fhorfheidhmiú Pleanála in Éirinn

A Guide to Applying for Planning Permission to Build a House

Treoir chun Cead Pleanála a Iarraidh le Teach a Thógáil

A Guide to Doing Work Around the House

Treoir faoi Obair a Dhéanamh Timpeall an Tí

Agricultural and Farm Development -The Planning Issues

Forbairt Talmhaíochta & Feirme – Na Sain-cheisteanna Pleanála

A Guide to Planning for the Business Person

Treoir don Phleanáil don Duine Gnó

Environmental Assessments and Planning in Ireland

Measúnachtaí Comhshaoil agus Pleanáil in Éirinn

A Guide to Architectural Heritage

Treoir don Oidhreacht Ailtireachta

Archaeology in the Planning Process

An tSeandálaíocht sa Phróiseas Pleanála

Strategic Infrastructure Development

Forbairt Bonneagair Straitéisigh

As part of measures to help address pressures in the private housing rental market, new planning legislative reforms to regulate the short term letting sector - as provided for in the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019 and supplementary regulations made by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government entitled the Planning and Development Act 2000 (Exempted Development) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 - come into effect on 1 July 2019.

Under the Regulations, the following Local Electoral Areas have been deemed as rent pressure zones:

  • Bandon Kinsale
  • Carrigaline 
  • Cobh
  • Fermoy
  • Macroom
  • Mallow
  • Midleton

Please see the following link to the associated interactive map: Interactive Local Electoral Area Map 2019.

The reforms are primarily aimed at addressing the impact on the private rental market by the use of residential homes for short-term tourism type letting in areas of high housing demand. Accordingly the new provisions will only apply in areas designated as “rent pressure zones” under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, as amended.

Short term letting in areas outside the designated rent pressure zones are not impacted in any way by the new arrangements. Under the new arrangements applicable in rent pressure zones:

  • Short term letting is defined as the letting of a house or apartment, or part of a house or apartment, for any period not exceeding 14 days.
  • Homesharing (the letting of a room or rooms in a person’s principal private residence) will continue to be permissible on an unrestricted basis and be exempted from the new planning requirements. •    Homesharers will be allowed to sub-let their entire principle private residence (house or apartment) on a short term basis for a cumulative period of 90 days where they are temporarily absent from their home.
  • Where the 90 day threshold is exceeded, change of use planning permission will be required.

If you homeshare your principal private residence in a rent pressure zone and wish to avail of the new planning exemptions, you will need to register this with your local authority and fulfil specified reporting obligations:

  • Form 15 should be completed at the start of the year
  • Form 16 should be completed when the 90 day cap has been reached
  • Form 17 should be completed at the end of each year

However, where a person owns a property in a rent pressure zone which is not their principal private residence and intends to let it for short-term letting purposes, s/he will be required to apply for a change of use planning permission unless the property already has a specific planning permission to be used for tourism or short-term letting purposes.

A “Frequently Asked Questions” document has been prepared to assist in providing a more comprehensive and detailed understanding of the new short term letting reforms and the new reporting obligations on homesharers. For further information & to comply with the aforementioned reporting obligations, all correspondence & completed forms should be submitted to


25 January 2019 – Extension of consultation deadline for Transboundary Environmental consultation on proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant following Horizon Nuclear announcement last week

The consultation deadline for the transboundary environmental consultation on the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant in the UK, from close of business today, 25 January to close of business on Friday 15 February 2019. 

Following the announcement last week that Horizon Nuclear Power was suspending its UK nuclear development programme, including plans for the proposed Wylfa Neywdd plant in Anglesey, North Wales, the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government sought clarification from the UK Planning Inspectorate on the implications of the announcement for the transboundary environmental consultation with Ireland.

Notwithstanding the announcement by Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK Planning Inspectorate has confirmed that the development consent application (planning application) for the Wylfa Newydd plant has not been withdrawn by the applicant, and it will be continuing with its assessment of the application for the Wylfa Newydd plant as normal. Accordingly, the transboundary consultation between Ireland and the UK will continue with an extended deadline to afford additional time to those who wish to make a submission to do so at this important stage in the process.

Anyone intending to make a submission is asked to make them to this planning authority, on or before the new closing date - close of business on Friday 15 February 2019.

Each planning authority in Ireland has recently received information in the form of a letter of notification dated 6 July 2018 from the United Kingdom’s Planning Inspectorate to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government relating to an application for development consent (planning permission) for the proposed Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Plant, which is to be constructed in north Wales.  

The proposed development comprises a proposed new nuclear electricity generating station on the north coast of Anglesey, in north Wales with a projected electrical output of approximately 3.1 gigawatts. The development also includes permanent and temporary works in the marine environment; off-site power station facilities including a control centre, laboratory and emergency equipment garage; and associated development comprising a worker accommodation campus, temporary park and ride facility, construction logistics centre and highway improvements.

A printed copy of the application & supporting documentation, may be inspected or purchased at the offices of each Planning Authority in Ireland for the duration of the public consultation period. A submission or observation relating to the proposed development may be made to the Planning Authority for the area in which the person lives by 4pm on Friday 15th February 2019. Further information on this project, & Planning Authority contact details; may be assessed here.

Notice of this proposed development has been published in the Irish Times, Irish Examiner & Irish Independent on 22nd November 2018. A copy of this notification may be viewed here.

Planning Department

Cork County Council 

22nd November 2018



Privacy Statement


Personal information submitted by you is collected by Cork County Council in order to process your submission/observation. The legal basis for processing this information is Article 6(1)(c) and 6(1)(e) of the GDPR Regulation and  Article 132(4) and 132(5) of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended. In accordance with Article 132(4) + (5) of the Regulations, submissions/observations including personal information or a summary of same shall be shared  with the  Minister for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and the UK Planning Inspectorate. The UK Planning Inspectorate will publish submissions/observations or summary of same on its website. Cork County Council may also publish submissions/observations or summary of same.


Under Article 9(1) of the GDPR regulations, the processing of personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation is prohibited. Therefore, Cork County Council requests those making submissions/observations not to include data of this nature in their submissions/observations.


For further information regarding Cork County Council’s privacy policy please click here



In general, you will need planning permission for any development of land or property, unless the development is specifically exempted from this requirement. The term 'development' includes the carrying out of works (building, demolition, alteration) on land or buildings and the making of a material, that is significant, change of use of land or buildings.

Access guidelines for making a Submission on a Planning Application here

Access information here for Pre-Planning Clinics and Pre-Application Consultations

For further planning information leaflets please access the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government here

This is intended as a practical guide only. It is not a definitive legal interpretation of planning law. For more information, please contact the Planning Authority using the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Please note that Cork County Council has revised it's planning forms to comply with recent changes in Data Protection legislation. As & from 5th June 2018, all applications should be submitted on the new format forms.


Planning Application Form (Irish)

Planning Application Form (English) {This is an editable PDF document}

Planning Application Form Guidelines (Irish)

Planning Application Form Guidelines (English)

County Hall Site Notice (Irish)

County Hall Site Notice (English)

Western Division Site Notice (Irish)

Western Division Site Notice (English)

Significant Further Information Site Notice County Hall (Irish)

Significant Further Information Site Notice County Hall (English)

Significant Further Information Site Notice Western Division (Irish)

Significant Further Information Site Notice Western Division (English)

EPA Site Characterisation Form (Irish & English)

Exemption Certificate Application Form (Irish)

Exemption Certificate Application Form (English) {This is an editable PDF document} 

Extension of Duration of Planning Permission (Irish)

Extension of Duration of Planning Permission (English) {This is an editable PDF document}

Supplementary Application Form - SF1 {This is an editable PDF document}

Enforcement Complaint Form

Directional Sign Licence Application Form

Declaration of Exemption Application Form

Exempted Development - Change of Use from Commercial to Residential Form

Guide on How to make a submission on a Planning Application

Pre-Planning Consultation Guidance Notes

The Southern Regional Assembly has commenced the process of making a Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy for the whole of the Southern Region to support the implementation of the emerging National Planning Framework (Ireland 2040).

Further details of the Pre-Draft Public Consultation document are available by clicking this link.

Public submissions are invited in response to the Issues Paper. Please see attached for details.

Please see for further information.

Please be advised that the EIA Directive has been changed. If you are considering preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Planning Application, your attention is drawn to the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s  Circular PL1/2017 issued on the 15th May 2017.  
(a hard copy is available from the Front Office).
Alternatively, please log onto to access the circular for further details.


Contact Us

Planning Department, Ground Floor, County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork.