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Planning Issues

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 21 November 2019

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Questions (266)

Róisín Shortall


266. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the rights of the public in respect of access to details of new planning applications online; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Dublin City Council frequently takes up to three weeks to put documents on their website thus greatly reducing the time for members of the public to make submissions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48421/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Under Article 27 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended, planning authorities are required to publish on their websites weekly lists of all new planning applications. The lists must be published within five working days following a particular week.

With regard to the documentation linked to a planning application, there is no statutory requirement to publish planning documents online. However, planning authorities must make available copies of documents for public inspection and purchase at planning authority offices.

My Department, in conjunction with the local authority sector, is currently working on the development of an online eplanning system. This will enable the electronic submission of both planning applications and public submissions to the planning authorities, as well as the viewing of planning applications and documents online.