Planning and Development Act 2000 (Section 181) Regulations 2020

Jurisdiction: Republic of Ireland

Commencement: 31st 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.



In order to relieve regulatory restrictions that could hinder the response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the requirements of the Planning and Development Act 2000 will not apply to the following classes of development where they are carried out by or on behalf of a State authority:

  • Acute and other health and social care accommodation.
  • Self-isolation or other COVID-19 related short stay accommodation.
  • COVID-19 and other step down accommodation (i.e. accommodation used for people discharged from hospital that still require care).
  • Medical testing centre or laboratory.
  • Emergency management coordination facilities.
  • Mortuary facilities.
  • Ancillary and other accommodation, including storage facilities.
  • Ancillary infrastructure and other works to support the above development.

These classes of development mean that buildings in those classes can have a change of use, be repurposed, and new temporary new-build accommodation can be constructed to respond to the COVID-19 situation.

This will apply between 31st March 2020 and until 9th November 2020, unless otherwise amended.

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