Accurate and timely planning
and environmental law advice can be instrumental in the success of any property
development. Whether in relation to a
commercial or residential development, our team of property law Solicitors will
work to understand your requirements and provide the input you need to make
your project a resounding success.
Planning legislation in Ireland
The Planning and Development
Act 2000 (as amended) (the Act) underpins planning law in Ireland, covering all
planning-related matters including regional planning guidelines, development
plans, local areas plans, the process of applying for planning permission,
Strategic Development Zones, social housing, appeals and enforcement, State
development, and Ministerial Guidelines.
Due to the depth and complexity of this Act, it is imperative to engage
planning and legal expertise with a robust understanding of its practical and
Environmental legislation in Ireland
Environmental law is a
complex area within Ireland and the EU.
There are five principal regulating authorities charged with
environmental oversight, including:
- Environmental Protection
- Local authorities.
- Health and Safety Authority.
- Inland Fisheries Ireland.
- Department of Environment,
Community and Local Government
In addition, there are
several pieces of Irish legislation which must be understood and conformed to,
many of which are influenced by EU law, including:
- Air Pollution Acts 1987 and
2011 (Air Pollution Acts).
- Environmental Protection Acts
1992 to 2013 (EPA Acts).
- EU (Environmental Liability)
Regulations 2008 and 2011.
- Environmental (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act 2011.
- Fisheries Consolidation Act
1959 and Inland Fisheries Act 2010.
- Local Government (Water
Pollution) Act 1977 to 2007.
- Protection of the Environment
- Waste Water Discharge
(Authorisation) Regulations 2007 as amended.
- Waste Management Act 1996 to
- Water Services Act 2007 to
How strictly are environmental law enforced in Ireland?
The regulating authorities
listed above enforce breaches of environmental law on a risk basis. Larger breaches will typically lead to
greater levels of enforcement action.
Measures may include sending warning letters, statutory notices requiring
action to be taken, threats to prosecute, and in cases of persistent or large
breaches, Court prosecution and Court orders may be sought.
Why Choose Lavelle Partners?
- Our commercial property team,
led by our Head of Property, Nicola Walsh, has a wealth of practical knowledge
and experience in relation to environmental and planning laws in Ireland.
- Our team has over 30 years of
experience in providing planning and environment law legal guidance for some of
Ireland’s largest construction firms and developers.
- We are personally invested in
our clients’ success. As such, we help
you tackle problems and capitalise on opportunities swiftly. If a conventional solution does not achieve
your objectives, we will challenge it, disrupting conventional ways of thinking
to create a result that works for you.
- When it comes to making decisions, our experience and knowledge give us
the confidence to make decisions quickly, a crucial factor in construction and
For further information on how we can help you with environmental and
planning law in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01)