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Change of Use

Can a change of use be exempted development?

Yes. Where a change of use is not "material", planning permission is not required.

What is a 'material change of use'?

This depends on the circumstances of each situation. Generally, any change of use of a substantial nature which has an impact or potential impact on neighbours or the local community will need planning permission. The planning authority can give advice on whether it considers any particular change of use is significant enough to be "material" for planning purposes. See General Notes for details of how to resolve a question whether a development is or is not exempted.

Can I convert my garage to domestic use?

The conversion for use as part of a dwelling house (e.g. as a living room or bedroom) of a garage, store. shed, etc. attached to the rear or side of a house is normally exempted development, subject to the 40 square metre limit and conditions as set out in "Can I build an extension?".

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)

Ballina

Arran Place

Ballinrobe

Kilmaine Road

Belmullet

Church Road

Castlebar

Aras an Chontae

Claremorris

Kilcommon Road

Swinford

Station Road

Westport

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.

 

Tools & Resources

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