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S.I. No. 180 of 2020 - Planning and Development Act 2000 (Section 38) Regulations 2020

These Regulations provide that planning authorities shall upload all planning application documents onto their internet websites within 5 working days of receipt, subject to exceptional circumstances i.e.

  • an occurrence that was not reasonably foreseeable by the planning authority concerned,
  • an occurrence that, though reasonably foreseeable by the planning authority, could not reasonably have been prevented by the planning authority, or
  • the size or number of documents concerned.

This new statutory requirement is considered necessary in the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic and its associated travel restrictions with a view to facilitating greater use of online access to planning applications by members of the public, maintaining the integrity of the planning system, meeting Aarhus Convention and EU requirements in relation to public participation in decision-making processes, and providing alternative mechanisms to view planning applications.