Generally, you 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 (i.e. significant) change of use of land or buildings.
To apply for planning permission, an applicant should submit a completed 'Standard Planning Application' (below) together with all necessary supporting documentation and the appropriate fee to: The Planning Department, Waterford City & County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford.
Exempted developments do not require planning permission. Categories of exempted development are set out on this page and in the Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2010. They refer to developments of a minor nature, such as small extensions to houses and so on. It is your resonsibility to ensure that any existing or planned development falls within the exemption thresholds (size, height, etc). If the particular development exceeds the thresholds listed, the development requires planning permission.
Establishing a Requirement for Planning Permission
A formal declaration can be sought from Waterford City & County Council to establish if full planning permission is required for a specific development proposal under Section 5 of the Planning & Development Act 2000 (as amended). A completed application form accompanied by a Site Location Map, a fee of €80.00, and as much detail as possible outlining your proposal (drawings and photos etc.) should be submitted to the above address. A decision will generally be issued within four weeks. If the Planning Authority fails to issue a declaration within 4 weeks or the applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the Planning Authority, the applicant may refer the matter to An Bord Pleanála.
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