Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act 2020

Jurisdiction: Republic of Ireland

Commencement: 27th March 2020

Amends: Planning and Development Act 2000

Mini Summary

The Planning and Development Act 2000 is designed to serve as a planning code and therefore, in order for any development to be valid it should be undertaken in compliance with the requirements of this legislation. The scope of the Act is wide and includes development plans, local area plans, regional planning guidelines, architectural heritage and housing supply.



As a response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, any time limits in the following Acts, such as a “specified period” or “appropriate period”, should not include any time between 13th March 2020 and the date specified by the Government in a subsequent Order:

This will avoid any statutory deadlines being breached regarding planning and building development.


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