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Planning Department - COVID-19 Arrangements

Click here for Response to Frequently Asked Questions from the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government 23/05/20

Section 251A of the Planning & Development Act 2000 as amended has been implemented by Dublin City Council which for the planning process is that the period from 29th March 2020 to 23rd May 2020 inclusive is disregarded when calculating any specified statutory timelines in the Planning Acts and associated regulations.

Every effort is being made to ensure the planning service operates effectively and efficiently in the context of the most up to date health advice thereby ensuring the health and safety of staff, reducing the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and minimising the public health risks associated with it.  In order to ensure social distancing staff are working from a variety of locations including home.  The most efficient way to contact us at this time is by emailing  Please include a brief description of your query, planning application number, exact address and your contact details so that your query can be directed to the appropriate person/section for a prompt response. 

Planning Counter Open to Public by Appointment

In accordance with the Government Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business and the ‘Priority Actions in Reopening Services within the Planning System’ issued by the LGMA/CCMA, our Planning Public Counter is open to members of the public, by appointment only

In the interest of public health, we encourage all customers to use our online service at  In the event that the information you require is not available online, you can request an appointment.  You will be asked to provide certain information in order to determine if your query can be responded to by phone, email, video-conferencing etc. If this is possible you will be encouraged to avail of this option as it will reduce the need for unnecessary travel and ensure appointments are available for those whose requirements cannot be met any other way. To arrange an appointment please email or phone 01 222 2149 and provide the reason for the appointment, the planning reference number and/or exact address, documentation required to be viewed and your contact details (phone and email). Before an appointment is confirmed you will be asked to answer some COVID-19 screening questions. You will receive confirmation of your appointment by email which you will be required to show in order to gain access to the Civic Offices.


The planning process is an open and transparent one.

All planning application documentation, Observations / Submissions, and the weekly planning lists are made available for public inspection at the Council’s offices and on the Council’s website under Section 38 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended.  This information is processed in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended and is made available to An Bord Pleanála in the case of an appeal under Section 127 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended.

There are 2 exceptions to the information being made available to the public and An Bord Pleanála (paper file or website): -

  • Part 2 of the planning application form
  • The email addresses and telephone numbers  of Observations/Submissions 

The Dublin City Development Plan (2016-2022)


For more information

Dublin City Council
Planning & Property Development
Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8

Tel: (01) 222 0400