On 29 March, 2020, the Minister and the Government, taking account of the considerations under section 251A(5) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 as amended, made orders which result in an extension of time for a range of specified/appropriate periods and timelines under this Act, and a number of other related Planning Acts1 and associated regulations.
This means that such periods are extended in duration from 29 March 2020 to 20 April 2020 inclusive. This follows on from the statement by An Taoiseach on 27 March 2020, which asked people generally to stay at home until Easter Sunday (12 April 2020), other than for certain essential activities, and introduced cocooning for people aged over 70 and vulnerable groups. In determining the end date of the order under Section 251A, a number of additional days have been added to this period to allow for appropriate notice of revised arrangements on expiry of the order.
On 16th April 2020, prior to the expiry of the original Order under Section 251A, a new Order was made by the Government, to extend the period of the original Order, having regard to the concurrent period of restriction on non-essential activity and necessary provision for a number of additional days to be added to this period to allow for appropriate notice of revised arrangements, on expiry of the extended Order.
On 8th May 2020, prior to the expiry of the extended Order under Section 251A, a new Order was made by the Government, to extend the period of the Order,
In the context of the current civil emergency arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government has decided to extend the Order that originally commenced on Sunday 29th March 2020, until Saturday 23rd May 2020 inclusive, a total period of eight weeks (56 days).
For clarity please note the following
• Planning applications may be posted to the office, even where public offices are closed.
• Initial processing of an application, including validation, scanning and upload on to the on-line system will then take place in the office.
• Planning authorities facilitate the on-line display of planning application documentation which can be used for inspection by interested people
• A Submission may be made on any planning application lodged with a planning authority by post, (submissions can also be accepted via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org and the fee can be paid over the phone to Cash Desk quoting file ref. no.)
• The planning authority will continue to engage with applicants and their representatives, and/or consider pre-planning documentation by phone/email.
• Acceptance of any written complaints or information by post or email
• Acceptance of telephone calls and queries
• Validation of Planning Permission applications in both offices
• Investigation of Enforcement complaints within the HSE public safety guidance
• Processing Declarations and other applications that don’t require public submissions
Set out below are FAQ in relation to Planning Function in Tipperary County Council.