Large scale Residential Developments

Large-scale Residential Development

Large-scale Residential Development (LRD) arrangements were introduced under the Planning and Development (Amendment) (Large-scale Residential Development) Act 2021.

Large-scale Residential Developments (LRDs) has replaced the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process.

A large-scale residential development is:

  • A development of 100 or more housing units,
  • Development of student accommodation comprising 200 or more bed spaces,
  • A combination of student accommodation and houses, where the threshold is met for either element.

A new feature of the LRD legislation is that provision is made for up to 30% of the gross floor space of the proposed development to be for other uses, instead of the 15% cap under the SHD arrangements.

For more information, the Office of the Planning Regulator has published a series of leaflets, with No. 16, Large-scale Residential Development, available here

LRD Application Fee Structure: 

Class of Development

Amount of Fee

Amount of Fee for Retention Permission

(a) Pre-Application Consultation


(b) Basic fee structure: Each Housing Unit

Note: In respect of an application comprising student accommodation, or shared accommodation the above structure range and fee per unit should be applied on the pro rata basis of the fee for 1 housing unit = the fee for 2 bed spaces of student accommodation or shared accommodation.

€130 per housing unit

€390 per housing unit

(c) Fee Structure for other uses on the land, the zoning of which facilitates such use: per square metre of gross floor space to a maximum of 30% of floor space of the entire development.

€7.20 per square metre to a maximum of €32,400

€15 per square metre to a maximum of €65,000

(d) Submission of an EIS/NIS Fee Structure:

Submission of EIS



Submission of NIS



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