This leaflet is a simple guide to understanding what planning enforcement is and how it operates. It is not intended as an interpretation of planning law but rather as a practical guide on what to expect if you are involved, either as a complainant or as a respondent, in the planning enforcement process
This information note provides guidance on the planning enforcement system in Ireland.
It sets out:
• some examples of the types of activity/development that might constitute breaches of the planning code;
• the respective roles and responsibilities of the Department of the Environment,Community and Local Government and the planning authorities;
• the procedures that planning authorities may adopt when taking enforcement action, including the remedies and sanctions available;
• the process by which an individual can make a complaint about an alleged breach of the planning code;
• the process by which someone can appeal against an adverse finding by a Planning Authority;
• a short summary of the relevant legislative provisions.
This information note is for guidance only: it does not purport to provide a legal interpretation of the legislative provisions referred to nor can it be regarded as definitive or having any legal effect.