The legislation governing advertisements and the erection of signs is -
The Planning and Development Acts 2000 - 2015 and The Planning and Development Regulations 2001 - 2015.

The general rule with regard to Advertisement/Signs is as follows:

  • If you wish to put a permanent sign/advertisement on private property - it will require the benefit of planning permission, unless it is exempted under the Exempted Development - Advertisements Regulations - List of Exemptions
    (See Part 2 - Planning & Development Regulations 2001 - 2015)
  • If you are unsure if your proposed advertising sign or structure is Exempted Development or not, you can apply under Section 5 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 - 2015 and the Planning Authority will make a determination in this regard. For a Section 5 application form please click here.
  • If you wish to put a permanent advertisement sign/structure on public property, it will require a Licence under Section 254 of the Planning and Development Acts 2000 -2015 & the Planning and Development Regulations, 2001 - 2015. This licensing procedure applies to the provision of tables and chairs outside a restaurant/public house/cafe etc. Application Form and Particulars are available from the Planning Section, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John St., Kilkenny OR Application Form Link

Temporary Signs - please contact the relevant Area Office with regard to provision of temporary signage in relation to one-off events.

Shopfronts and Advertising Signage

View and download our Planning Information Leaflet on Shopfronts and Advertising Signs.pdf (1.2MB) This Leaflet refers specifically to the policies of the Kilkenny City and Environs Development Plan 2014 - 2020.

Free hard copies of this Information Leaflet are available at the Planning Office, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny.

An Information Evening for City Centre business owners was held on the 23rd March 2016 in the Town Hall. The aim of this Information Evening was to highlight the planning requirements and conservation issues associated with shopfronts and associated signage in the City. There were 2no. presentations on the night:

Shopfronts and Signage (Planning Policy and Requirements)

Shopfront Design Guidance (Conservation issues and examples)

This information is intended as a practical guide - it is not a definite legal interpretation of Planning Law. For more information, please contact the Planning Department.

Related reference material:

Architectural Heritage Protection Guidelines for Planning Authorities, October 2011

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