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Transcript: Plans, Drawings & Required Documents

What documents do I need to submit?

The documents needed with your application will depend on the type of development.  They will need to show, clearly and in sufficient detail, your development proposals, what the development will look like when finished, how it will relate to the site and to adjoining structures and property etc.  If you are installing a septic tank, you may need to submit Trial Hole and Percolation test results.  If you are applying for certain types of agricultural development, you may need to submit signed agreements with landowners regarding effulent spreading.  The planning authority can clarify the documents and detail needed.

In general, however, you must always submit the following:

  • The page of the newspaper showing the newspaper notice
  • A copy of the site notice erected
  • 6 copies of the location map (at a scale of not less than 1:1000 in a built-up area and not less that 1:2500 in all other areas
  • A plan showing the position on the land of the site notice
  • 6 copies of a site layout plan (at a scale of not less than 1:500)

All maps must be in metric scale.

If the development applies to a protected structure or to the exterior of a structure within an architectural conservation area, the application must be accompanied by photographs, plans and other details, which will show how the development will affect the character of the structure.

What should a location map show?

A location map must show:

  • The land concerned and location of proposed structures, with the site boundary clearly shown in red.
  • Other land in the vicinity of the proposed development and which is in the ownership of the applicant or landowner outlined in blue and wayleaves outlined in yellow
  • The Ordnance Survey sheet number of the map
  • The north point and scale of the map
  • The name and address of the person by whom it was prepared

What should a site or layout plan show?

A site or layout plan must show:

  • The site boundary in Red
  • Existing buildings, roads, boundaries, septic tanks and percolation areas, bored wells, significant tree stands and other features, on adjoining or in the vicinity of land or structure (to a scale of not less than 1:500)
  • The levels or contours, where applicable, of the land and of the proposed structure
  • The Ordnance Survey sheet number, if applicable
  • The north point and scale of the map
  • The name and address of the person by whom it was prepared

 What about other plans and drawings?

 Other plans and drawings must comply with the following:

  •  Plans, elevations and sections must be drawn to a scale of not less than 1:200 (or another scale agreed with the planning authority)
  • Drawings or elevations of any proposed structure must show the main features of the buildings adjoining the proposed structure at a scale of not less than 1:200
  • Proposals for reconstruction, alteration or extension must be clearly marked to distinguish them from existing structures.
  • Floor plans, elevations and sections of proposed structures, must give in figures the principal dimensions (including overall height)
  • The north point and scale of the maps should be shown
  • The Ordnance Survey sheet number, if applicable should be shown
  • The name and address of the person who prepared the plans and drawings should be provided


Planning Clinics

Planning Clinics are held at the following Mayo County Council Offices every Wednesday between 09:30 to 12:30  (unless otherwise stated in the clinic update below)


Arran Place


Kilmaine Road


Church Road


Aras an Chontae


Kilcommon Road


Station Road


Ballinrobe Road

No prior appointment is necessary to avail of this service.

Clinic Update:

All clinics are running as normal



Forward Planning Updates

Mayo County Development Plan Review Process is Paused until after the Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy (RSES) is published.

The RSES is due to be published in early 2019, please check back then for further updates on the preparation of the County Plan.


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