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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?".

Tools & Resources

Android Phone app now available for free on the Android Marketplace.  Search for "Mayo Planning Search."

Forward Planning Updates

Variation No. 5 to the Castlebar and Environs Plan 2008-2014 was made on the 10th July 2017

Castlebar & Environs Development Plan 2008-2014

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Deferral of notices for the Ireland West Airport Knock Local Area Plan 2012-2018

Cheif Executive's Report

 

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