Planning and Development Act 2000

Declaration and referral on development and exempted development.

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5.—(1) If any question arises as to what, in any particular case, is or is not development or is or is not exempted development within the meaning of this Act, any person may, on payment of the prescribed fee, request in writing from the relevant planning authority a declaration on that question, and that person shall provide to the planning authority any information necessary to enable the authority to make its decision on the matter.

(2) (a) Subject to F43[paragraphs (b) and (ba)], a planning authority shall issue the declaration on the question that has arisen and the main reasons and considerations on which its decision is based to the person who made the request under subsection (1), and, where appropriate, the owner and occupier of the land in question, within 4 weeks of the receipt of the request.

(b) A planning authority may require any person who made a request under subsection (1) to submit further information with regard to the request in order to enable the authority to issue the declaration on the question and, where further information is received under this paragraph, the planning authority shall issue the declaration within 3 weeks of the date of the receipt of the further information.

F44[(ba)(i) Subject to subparagraph (ii), a planning authority shall not be required to comply with paragraph (a) within the period referred to in that paragraph where it appears to the planning authority that it would not be possible or appropriate, because of the exceptional circumstances of the development or proposed development (including in relation to the nature, complexity, location or size of such development) identified in the request under subsection (1) to do so.

(ii) Where subparagraph (i) applies, the planning authority shall, by notice in writing served on

(I) the person who made the request under subsection (1), and

(II) each person to whom a request has been made under paragraph (c),

before the expiration of the period referred to in paragraph (a), inform him or her of the reasons why it would not be possible or appropriate to comply with that paragraph within that period and shall specify the date before which the authority intends that the declaration concerned shall be made.]

(c) A planning authority may also request persons in addition to those referred to in paragraph (b) to submit information in order to enable the authority to issue the declaration on the question.

(3) (a) Where a declaration is issued under this section, any person issued with a declaration under subsection (2)(a) may, on payment to the Board of such fee as may be prescribed, refer a declaration for review by the Board within 4 weeks of the date of the issuing of the declaration.

(b) Without prejudice to subsection (2), in the event that no declaration is issued by the planning authority, any person who made a request under subsection (1) may, on payment to the Board of such fee as may be prescribed, refer the question for decision to the Board within 4 weeks of the date that a declaration was due to be issued under subsection (2).

(4) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a planning authority may, on payment to the Board of such fee as may be prescribed, refer any question as to what, in any particular case, is or is not development or is or is not exempted development to be decided by the Board.

(5) The details of any declaration issued by a planning authority or of a decision by the Board on a referral under this section shall be entered in the register.

(6) (a) The Board shall keep a record of any decision made by it on a referral under this section and the main reasons and considerations on which its decision is based and shall make it available for purchase and inspection.

(b) The Board may charge a specified fee, not exceeding the cost of making the copy, for the purchase of a copy of the record referred to in paragraph (a).

(c) The Board shall, from time to time and at least once a year, forward to each planning authority a copy of the record referred to in paragraph (a).

(d) A copy of the said record shall, at the request of a member of a planning authority, be given to that member by the F45[chief executive] of the planning authority concerned.

(7) A planning authority, before making a declaration under this section, shall consider the record forwarded to it in accordance with subsection (6)(c).

F46[(7A) A planning authority or the Board, as the case may be, shall, in respect of a development or proposed development specified in Part 2 of Schedule 5 to the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, specify in its declaration or decision, as the case may be, whether the development or proposed development identified in the request under subsection (1) or in the referral under subsection (3) or (4), as the case may be, would be likely to have significant effects on the environment by virtue, at the least, of the nature, size or location of such development and require an environmental impact assessment.

(7B)(a) Where the planning authority issues its declaration on a request under subsection (1) or the Board makes its decision on a referral under subsection (3) or (4), as the case may be, the following documents shall, within 3 working days, be placed on the planning authoritys or Boards, as the case may be, website for inspection and be made available for inspection and purchase by members of the public during office hours at the offices of the authority or Board, as the case may be, for at least the minimum period referred to in paragraph (b):

(i) a copy of the question arising as to what is or is not development or is or is not exempted development within the meaning of this Act and any information, particulars, evidence, written study or further information received or obtained from any of the following:

(I) the person making the request or referral, as the case may be;

(II) the owner or occupier of the land in question;

(III) any other person;

(ii) a copy of any submissions or observations in relation to the question arising as to what is or is not development or is or is not exempted development within the meaning of this Act;

(iii) a copy of any report prepared by or for the authority or the Board, as the case may be, in relation to the request or referral;

(iv) a copy of the declaration of the authority or the decision of the Board, as the case may be, in respect of the question identified in the request under subsection (1) or in the referral under subsection (3) or (4), as the case may be.

(b) The minimum period for the purposes of paragraph (a) is 8 weeks from the date of the issue of the declaration by the planning authority or the date of the decision of the Board, as the case may be.

(7C) For the purposes of subsection (7A), the Minister may, by regulations, provide for additional, consequential or supplementary matters as regards procedures in respect of a request under subsection (1) or a referral under subsection (3) or (4), as the case may be, in relation to

(a) the submission of information to the planning authority or the Board for those purposes,

(b) time limits within which such information shall be so submitted,

(c) notifications to persons concerned with the declaration or decision, as the case may be, referred to in that subsection,

(d) steps to be taken (including matters which must be regarded) in the course of the making of such declaration or decision, or

(e) the publication of such declaration or decision.]

F47[(8)(a) The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht may apply to the Board under this subsection, without charge, for a determination as to whether an activity requiring the consent of that Minister

(i) F48[pursuant to a notification under Regulation 4(2) of the European Communities (Natural Habitats) Regulations 1997 (S.I. No. 94 of 1997) or pursuant to a direction under Regulation 28(1) or 29(1) of the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 477 of 2011)] or under regulations made under the European Communities Act 1972 for the purpose of giving further effect to the Birds Directive or the Habitats Directive by designating a site as a special area of conservation or as a special protection area, or

(ii) under section 19 of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000,

comprises development which is not exempted development, and the Board shall make such determination as soon as may be and shall inform that Minister of its determination and the reasons for the determination.

(b) An application from the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under this subsection shall include the following:

(i) a copy of the application for consent;

(ii) any other relevant information submitted with the application for consent;

(iii) the reasons why that Minister considers that the activity may not be exempted development;

(iv) the opinion of that Minister as to whether an appropriate assessment is required, and the reasons for that opinion;

(v) the opinion of that Minister as to whether the development is likely to have significant effects on a European site or an area designated as a Natural Heritage Area under section 18 of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 and the reasons for that opinion, having regard to the purposes for which the site was designated.

(c) The Board may seek additional information from

(i) the applicant for consent, or

(ii) the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht,

and where this is not provided within the period specified, or any further period as may be specified by the Board, the Board shall not make a determination on the matter and the application of that Minister under this subsection shall be deemed to be withdrawn and the Board shall inform that Minister accordingly.

(d) In paragraph (a)(i) special area of conservation and special protection area have the same meaning as they have in section 177R.]

Annotations

Amendments:

F43

Substituted (1.09.2018) by European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018), reg. 7(a)(i), in effect as per reg. 2(1).

F44

Inserted (1.09.2018) by European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018), reg. 7(a)(ii), in effect as per reg. 2(1).

F45

Substituted (22.10.2018) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 6 and sch. 2 ref. no. 3, S.I. No. 436 of 2018.

F46

Inserted (1.09.2018) by European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018), reg. 7(b), in effect as per reg. 2(1).

F47

Inserted (21.09.2011) by European Union (Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 473 of 2011), reg. 4.

F48

Substituted (15.11.2011) by European Union (Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats) (No. 2) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 584 of 2011), reg. 4.

Modifications (not altering text):

C20

Functions under subs. (8) transferred and references construed (24.06.2021) by Heritage (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2021 (S.I. No. 302 of 2021), arts. 2, 3 and sch. part 1, in effect as per art. 1(2), subject to transitional provisions in arts. 4-8.

2. (1) The administration and business in connection with the exercise, performance or execution of any functions transferred by this Order are transferred to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

(2) References to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media contained in any Act or any instrument made under an Act and relating to any administration and business transferred by paragraph (1) shall, from the commencement of this Order, be construed as references to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

3. (1) The functions vested in the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media–

(a) by or under any of the provisions of the Acts specified in Part 1 of the Schedule,

(b) under the Regulations specified in Part 2 of the Schedule, and

(c) to make a recommendation to which section 12(3)(b)(iii) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (No. 30 of 2000) applies and to make observations to which section 12(3)(b)(iv) of that Act applies,

are transferred to the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

(2) References to the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media contained in any Act or instrument made under an Act and relating to any functions transferred by this Order shall, from the commencement of this Order, be construed as references to the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

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SCHEDULE

Part 1

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Sections 5(8), 52(2), 53, 55 and 80 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (No. 30 of 2000)

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Editorial Notes:

E38

Previous affecting provision: subs. (8)(a)(i) inserted (21.09.2011) by European Union (Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 473 of 2011), reg. 4, amended as per F-note above.