Planning Service – Notice of Revised Arrangements and FAQs re Covid 19

Covid 19
Planning Service – Revised Arrangements

In order to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of members of the public and staff, Monaghan County Council Planning Department wishes to advise that the public counter at No.1 Dublin Street is now closed. Notwithstanding this, the Planning Office remains operational.

The following procedures are currently in place;

1. General Planning Queries – While you may continue to call on 047 30532 as normal, you should note that access to staff through this number is limited. As such it is recommended that you should contact the Planning Authority via email on . You can also continue to correspond in hard copy via An Post to the offices of the Planning Authority at No. 1 Dublin Street, Monaghan.

2. Pre-Planning Meetings – Presently all face to face pre-planning meetings have been suspended. You are requested to conduct all pre-planning discussions by email on

3. Planning Applications – All planning applications should be lodged through An Post to the offices of the Planning Office. Similarly, responses to requests for additional information should be submitted in the same manner Viewing a Planning Application – To view a planning application, please go to our website at where you can access and view the planning applications which have been submitted. Submissions/Observations – If you wish to make a submission or observation on a planning application, it should be submitted via e-mail to Please ensure that you submit a phone number with your submission, so as to enable the Planning Department to contact you for the payment of the prescribed fee by Credit/Debit Card. Alternatively, a submission or observation may be lodged via An Post, in which case it should be accompanied with a postal order or cheque to the value of €20.00. Please note that a submission cannot be accepted without payment of the prescribed fee of €20.

4. Unauthorised Development – In relation to unauthorised development, please correspond by post or via email to

5. Development Contributions – If you have any queries or wish to make a payment in respect of Development Contributions please contact the Planning Authority via email on



On 16 April  2020, the Minister and the Government extended orders which resulted in the following;

Extension of the Appropriate Period

The period 29 March 2020 to 9 May 2020, inclusive, may now be disregarded when calculating any appropriate period, specified period or other timelines detailed in the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended)

Exempted Development

That up until 20 April 2020, a change of use from premises selling food for consumption on the premises to one providing food for consumption off the premises, shall be considered as exempted development.


Planning applications, accompanied by the appropriate fee made payable by cheque/ postal order only, may be submitted by post or placed in the drop box at the main entrance of the County Council Offices, Glen Road.

Order made under Section 251A of the Planning and Development, Act 2000, as amended, on 29 March 2020


Frequently Asked Questions. Extension Of Orders Originally Made On 29 March 2019 Under Section 251A Of The Planning And Development, Act, 2000 As Amended On 16 April 2020. (PDF)