Planning and Natural Heritage
Under the Planning and Development Regulations, a planning authority must refer all planning applications that might have significant effects in relation to nature conservation to the Minister.
The Development Applications Unit coordinates the evaluation of such referrals by the various technical services of the Department, including NPWS. More information is available in the planning section of the NPWS site.
All relevant applications should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, or if electronic referral is not possible, by post to:
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
C/O The Manager, Development Applications Unit
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
A referred application is examined with reference to its impact on designated sites and taking into account the provisions of domestic and European legislation. On the basis of this appraisal, the Department may recommend to the planning authority that further information should be requested from the developer (for instance, assessment of impacts on specific species) or that certain planning conditions should be included in a grant of permission. In rare cases, where significant negative impacts on nature conservation may not be mitigated the Department may recommend to the planning authority that planning permission not be granted.