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planning permission in Donegal


We at McCabe Architects provide a comprehensive planning service relating to all building matters, from small-scale rural developments to multi-million euro urban developments. We have a successful working relationship with many local authorities in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the high success rate of planning permissions granted to our clients is a measure of the comprehensive dialogue we have with the relevant planning departments.

Planning applications

Once you decide to proceed with your project you may require planning permission. We will prepare the relevant drawings to the requirements of the relevant local authority, along with all relevant documentation. We will meet with the local planner to ensure that they are happy with the proposal before we submit a formal application. After the submission of the application, we will follow up with the relevant council to ensure that they have all required information. We will also prepare and submit any further information and attend any meetings required to ensure a successful outcome of the application.

Regularisation (Retention Permission applications)

Building works which are not exempted from planning regulations are called “unauthorised developments”, and they require that a retention application be lodged with the local authority. At McCabe Architects in Donegal, we have a vast experience of liaising with the relevant planning departments to deal with Retention Permission applications, and we have an excellent success rate.

A certificate of compliance cannot be issued for a property that is in breach of planning, and therefore a solicitor acting for a property purchaser will normally request that all planning matters are regularised before a sale is agreed. We advise that you should regularise all planning matters relating to your property prior to putting it on the market to avoid delays.

Certificates of compliance

We provide a wide range of certificates of compliance. These certificates are presented in a format recommended by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and include:

•    Certificate of Compliance with Planning Permission.
•    Certificate of Exemption from Planning Permission.

Planning appeals

We offer a service to prepare third-party planning appeals to An Bord Pleanála on behalf of our clients.

For more information on planning, feel free to contact our Donegal Town office on 353(0)749743012.

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