Planning System and the National Emergency Legislation


March 30th, 2020 Update – Extension of Planning Timelines


In the context of the current civil emergency arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has decided to make an Order from Sunday 29th March 2020 to Monday 20th April 2020 inclusive, a total period of three weeks and two days (23 days) under the new of Section 251A of the Planning and Development Act, 2000.


What does this mean for the Planning System?

This means that the time periods specified for any statutory process in the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended (the Act) and related planning and building control legislation are disregarded, which means that they are, in effect, extended for the duration of the time period specified by the Order.

The exact calculation of the extended time period will depend on the date a planning application is submitted and the stage of the process it is at.


HRA PLANNING will continue to provide Chartered Town Planning Services during this period in adherence with public health official advice and guidance.  Contact us here.