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Welcome to Cork City Council’s Planning Homepage.  Cork City Council aims to make Cork City, Ireland’s second city, the best place that it can possibly be – a city to rival any other European city of equivalent status and size. Our core mission is to make Cork the kind of place that you would like it to be - a fantastic place to live, work, invest and play. The vision of the Planning Department is to facilitate and promote the highest quality planning and sustainable development, given the powers granted to it under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended). The job of the planning department, in partnership with key stakeholders and the citizens of Cork, is to manage Cork’s evolution and its physical, economic, social and cultural development. More information on Planning...

You can search/view details of planning applications, planning permissions and other planning datasets by using the following links:



‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Cork City Council is obliged under The Planning and Development Acts 2000 - 2015  to consult the general public, local interest groups, stakeholders and children (including groups or associations representing the interests of children) on a range of issues relating to the future planning and development of the city. Opportunities to make written observations are advertised / invited by way of statutory public notices in locally circulating print newspapers.

Public Consultations


Cork City Council is preparing statutory Local Area Plans (LAPs) for the Cork City Docks and Tivoli Docks. The Council made the commitment to prepare LAPS for these Key Development Areas in the Cork City Development Plan 2015 - 2021. The City Docks LAP will replace the South Docks Local Area Plan 2008 and the expired North Docks Local Area Plan 2005. The Tivoli Docks LAP will be a new plan.

In June 2017 the City Council undertook a pre-plan consultation exercise including stakeholder and technical workshops on how the areas should be redeveloped. Please click below on the links to the issues papers that informed the exercise and the links to the consultation reports.

Cork City Docks LAP Pre Plan Consultation Report

Tivoli Docks LAP Pre Plan Consultation Report

Photoreport Docklands Workshop

Cork City Docks Issues Paper

Tivoli Docks Issues Paper

Cork City Docks Issues Paper and Tivoli Docks Issues Paper can also be viewed at the following:



Notice of Proposed Variation No. 5 (Student Accommodation) of the Cork City Development Plan 2015 - 2021 

Notice is hereby given that the Members of Cork City Council, in accordance with Section 13(2) of the Planning & Development Acts 2000 - 2015,  voted to make Variation No. 5 (Student Accommodation) of the Cork City Development Plan 2015 - 2021 at the Ordinary Council Meeting of Monday, 9th July, 2018.   

The proposed variation relates to the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan and the National Student Accommodation Strategy and reflects the responsibilities of the City Council to support the provision of purpose built student accommodation in appropriate locations having regard to a growing student population and increasing demands for accommodation.                                 

A copy of the variation is available for inspection at the following locations and times.

City Hall, Anglesea Street

10.00am - 4.00pm Mon - Fri

Central Library, Grand Parade

10.00am - 5.30 pm Mon - Sat

Please click on the link below to view the variation no. 5.

Adopted Variation No. 5



Variation No. 4 (St. Johns Well)

Variation No 3 (Vacant Sites)

Variation No. 2 (Social Housing under Part V)

Variation No. 1 (St. Anthony's Park, Hollyhill)



Variation No. 5 - Student Accommodation(419KB)

Proposed Variation No. 5 SEA Screening(226KB)

Proposed Variation No. 5 AA Screening(309KB)

The City Council is responsible for providing a strategic planning framework for the city to provide a context for decisions relating to investment, infrastructure and development. The following links will take you to a number of key city plans:




Development Plan South Docks image  North Blackpool LAP 2011 Cover  Farranferris LAP 2009 Cover  Mahon LAP 2014 Cover

Grants and Living City Initiative

Grant schemes are run by the Strategic Planning and Economic Development Directorate (often in partnership with Government Departments / Agencies) to contribute to the regeneration and enhancement of Cork’s built heritage and City Centre.

2018 Painting Grant Scheme

The 2018 Painting Grant Scheme is operating in the neighbourhoods of Shandon and the South Parish.  The grant covers 50% of the cost of repair and paint works up to €1,250; or the cost for paint materials, up to €500 per building.  The closing date for applications is 20th April 2018.

Click the link below for further details of all grant schemes and the Living City Initiative (operating since 2015).

Grant Schemes and Tax Incentives in Cork City








In order to ensure that development in Cork City is both orderly and of a high standard part of the role of the Planning Directorate is to make sure that development has the necessary permissions under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended). Unauthorised development relates to developments and/or uses that are in breach of the planning laws. The role of ensuring that all development has the necessary permissions is also known as Planning Enforcement.

A development is unauthorised when :-

  • Planning permission is required and has not been obtained.
  • Planning permission was granted but the development is not being carried out in accordance with the plans lodged or conditions of the planning permission granted.
  • The development It does not comply with all the conditions and limitations to qualify a development as exempt.

More information about Planning Enforcement, how to make a complaint against an unauthorised development and forms is available.

Planning and Development News

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Development Contribution Rebate Scheme


Cork City Council seeks expressions of interest from builders/developers for participation in the new Development Contribution Rebate Scheme, as recently announced by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government in Circular letter PL13/2015. 


A view of St. Patrick's Street at Night 

St. Patrick's Street at night
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Development Management (021) 492 4564
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