Making a Submission/Observation on a Planning Application


Anybody other than the applicant can make a submission/ observation on a planning application.

Points to Note

  • Fee is €20.
  • All submissions/observations are published on our website
    You must submit your submission/ observation within 5 weeks of the application registered date (day one being the date the application is received and registered).  You can withdraw your submission/observation by letter within the same 5 week period, however, your letter of withdrawal along with your submission/observation will remain on file.  All valid documents we receive are available to view on our website and the public file.
  • You can only comment on planning and development issues. Any issues that do not meet the guidelines will not be considered. The planning authority may only consider objections relating to planning issues and not those based on personal dislikes, grievances or opinions.
  • Submission/Observation must contain your name, address and the planning application Reg. Ref. No.
  • Once a decision has been made on the application, you will be informed within 3 working days


Those making submissions/observations to Louth County Council in respect of any planning application should be aware that comments involving allegations of any kind against a named or otherwise identifiable person or organisation may be viewed as defamatory by the subject of the comments. Those making submissions/ observations, which could be viewed as defamatory, may be sued directly for any defamatory allegations in a submission and should avoid making such allegations.

Please be advised that submissions/observations made to the Council are published to the Council’s website for public inspection in accordance with the requirements of the Planning & Development Acts 2000-2015 and the Planning & Development Regulations.  Should the content of the submission/observation be considered potentially defamatory/libellous, the submission/observation shall be held confidentially and only planning matters in the submission/observation shall be considered by the Planning Authority in its determination of the planning application.

The Council shall only make such redactions to submissions made to it in respect of any planning application, as are necessary to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulations 679/2016 and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Please note that, in the event of any potentially defamatory allegation giving rise to legal action against it, the Council may seek indemnity from the person making the allegation. It should be understood that the Council is only concerned with planning issues relevant to the application in question and not comments that are not relevant to its deliberations in making a planning decision.

Not Happy with the Decision!

If you made an original submission/ observation, you can appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanála  - further details Here