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Statutory Consultations and Other Public Consultations

‌As local planning authority Cork City Council consults on a range of statutory and non-statutory planning issues under the Planning and Development Act 2000.

The Planning and Development Act 2000 makes specific provision for citizens to put forward their view or have their say on the future planning and development of the city. The Act also makes specific provision for individuals to be notified of proposals in specific circumstances (e.g. property owners and occupiers). The Act requires notified parties to make written submissions to the local planning authority in relation to those issues set out in statutory notices. Opportunities to make written observations are advertised / invited by way of statutory public notices in locally circulating newspapers.

In addition to the statutory notifications required under the law, consultation can also take the form of public meetings, seminars, workshops, or meetings to inform the formulation of Council plans and policy and serve as an input into determining planning applications.

Notice of Making of Variation No. 3 (Vacant Sites) of the Cork City Development Plan 2015 - 2021 

Notice is hereby given that Cork City Council, in accordance with Section 13(2) of the Planning & Development Acts 2000 - 2015,  has adopted  Variation No. 3 (Vacant Sites) of the Cork City Development Plan 2015 - 2021. 

The variation relates to new requirements on Planning Authorities, introduced by the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act 2015, to establish a register of vacant sites and to make provision for a vacant site levy.

Copies of the variation may be inspected at all City libraries and the following locations.


City Hall, Anglesea Street

10.00am - 4.00pm, Mon - Fri

Central Library, Grand Parade

10.00am - 5.30pm, Mon - Sat


The new link can also be viewed in the Public Consultation section at: or by clicking on the link below.

Variation No.3(Vacant Sites) of the Cork City Development Plan 2015-2021


Statutory Consultations

The City Council is required to consult on a range of issues, including:

  • The Development Plan process and changes to the plan (“Variations”);
  • Local area plans process and changes to plans;
  • Additions to the Record of Protected Structures;
  • Planning applications which the City Council wishes to grant but which do not conform to the objectives set out in the development plan (called a “material contravention of the development plan”);
  • City Council development proposals requiring planning permission;

This list includes links to current statutory consultations:

Other Public Consultations

The City Council also consults the general public on non-statutory planning issues, including:

  • Area Action Plans and non-statutory stages of consultation in relation to local area plans;
  • Other strategy documents that the City Council is preparing (e.g. the Heritage Plan); and
  • Grants schemes that the Planning and Development Directorate administrate.;

This list includes links to current non-statutory proposals: