Planning Applications

Planning Appeals

The planning system includes a comprehensive appeals process. Under this, all planning decisions made by Planning Authorities may be subject to independent review by An Bord Pleanála (the Board).

For guidance and documentation in order to make an appeal, please click on the link below for all information necessary.


This document is now available for download here: County Kilkenny Rural Design Guide PDF 7.3 MB

Hard copies are available at the Planning Customer Service Desk, John Street, Kilkenny and at the Area Offices, Callan, Thomastown, Newrath, Castlecomer. Alternatively, apply for a copy to Planning Section, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John St, Kilkenny.

Exempted Development

All development requires planning permission unless it is an exempted development. All exempted developments are listed in the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended. Most of the exemptions contain certain conditions and limitations. If the terms of conditions and limitations cannot be complied with, the development cannot be considered an exempted development.

Section 5 Referral
If a question arises as to whether or not a development is or is not exempted development, a person may apply to the planning authority for a declaration on the question. This is known as a section 5 referral or an Exemption Declaration.

In order to apply for a section 5 referral it is necessary for the applicant to submit, application form, fee of €80.00, location map, drawings of the proposed development in question, full details and description of the proposed development.

The planning authority shall issue the declaration, within 4 weeks of the receipt of the request.

The planning authority may require further information to be submitted to enable the authority to issue the declaration. In this regard, a declaration shall issue within three weeks of the receipt of this further information.

Application for Section 5 Referral


Felling of Trees:

You are advised that with certain exceptions it is an offence, under the Forestry Act 1946, to fell trees without a felling licence having been granted by the Forestry Service. Failure to obtain a felling licence when necessary, may result in a criminal prosecution. Developers are advised to contact the Felling Section, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture and Food, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford. Tel. (053)9163400 before undertaking any tree felling.

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