Advertisements / Signs/Shopfronts

The legislation governing advertisements and the erection of signs is -
The Planning and Development Acts 2000 (as amended) and The Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended).

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 - advertising-sign-exemptions.pdf (size 213.1 KB)
    (See Part 2 - Planning & Development Regulations 2001 as amended.
  • 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 as amended & the Planning and Development Regulations, 2001 as amended. 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  Section 254 Application Form ( Word)
  • 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 as amended and the Planning Authority will make a determination in this regard. For more information see exempted development

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

Local Planning  AreaContact No.
Callan Area Office
(056) 7755520
Castlecomer Area Office
(056) 4440550
Kilkenny Environs
County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny
(056) 7794010
Thomastown Rural & Urban
Thomastown Area Office
(056) 7793340
Piltown & Ferrybank
Ferrybank Area Office
(051) 831370


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