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How To Make A Submission On A Planning Application

How to make a Submission

The Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) set out the procedures to be followed in respect of submissions/objections in relation to planning applications.

Submissions/objections must be made in writing within 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the planning application. The five week period commences on the day that the planning application is received,  If the last day of this five week period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, submissions/objections can be accepted on the next working day.

Submissions/observations received after the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application shall be returned to the person concerned along with the fee and cannot be considered by the planning authority.

What to include in your submission/objection

All submissions/observations, must be made in writing, to the Planning Section, Mayo County Council, Aras an Chontae, The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 WF90 and/or also via email to  and must include the following information :

  • the name of the person or body making the submission/objection
  • the Planning Reference Number of the application concerned
  • the address to which any correspondence relating to the application may be sent
  • the required fee of €20 accompanying the Submission;  which can be paid by Cheque, Cash, Credit card or Bank Transfer. 

NB:   If e-mailing a Submission to the Planning Department, payment of the required fee can be arranged by Card over the phone, provided the contact phone number has been provided in the email/on the submission.

In the case of a submission/observation received with multiple signatories, an acknowledgement will be sent to one signatory only, the address of which should be indicated on the submission/observation.

If no fee is attached to the submission/observation it will not be considered and shall be returned as invalid.

NB:   In the case of E-Planning applications, please note that you also have the option of making an observation or Submission on a valid Planning Application through the On-line Planning Portal.  []

Use the link below for guidance on how to upload such Submission, and make the associated payment.   (Page 23-25 refers).

Please note, in accordance with Article 35 (1) (d) of the Planning and Development Regulations 2006 (as amended), persons who made a submission or observation on a Planning application will only be notified of the receipt of further information or clarification of further information, where that further information or clarification of further information is considered significant and requires new public notices.

Withdrawal of a submission/objection

There is no mechanism in the Planning Regulations for the withdrawal of an objection. 

You may however, make a further addition to your submission instructing the planning authority to disregard your original observation.  Please note that both the original submission and request for withdrawal of the submission will remain on the planning file but will not be considered by the Planning Authority when making a decision.

Data protection

Please note that the planning process is an open and public one.  In that context, all planning application documents (including submissions) are made available for public inspection.  This information can also be accessed using our online planning search.

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