Under the Planning and Development Regulations, a planning authority must refer all planning applications that might have significant effects in relation to nature conservation to the Minister
Applications should be sent to:-
All relevant development applications should be sent to electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, or if electronic referral is not possible, by post to:Minister for Arts, Heritage and the GaeltachtC/O The Manager, Development Applications UnitDepartment of Arts, Heritage and the GaeltachtNewtown RoadWexford
The Development Applications Unit coordinates the evaluation of such applications by the various technical services of the Department, including NPWS. An application is examined with reference to its impact on designated sites and taking into account the provisions of domestic and European legislation. On the basis of this appraisal, the Department may recommend to the planning authority that further information should be requested from the developer (for instance, assessment of impacts on specific species) or that certain planning conditions should be included in a grant of permission. In extreme cases, where significant negative impacts on nature conservation may not be mitigated the Department may recommend to the planning authority that planning permission not be granted.
All referrals to or consultations with this Department must be accompanied by a cover letter or consultation notice that clearly sets out the Regulations under which the referral or consultation is occurring. Referrals and consultation notices should come directly from the relevant competent authority on headed paper, rather than from contractors or consultants. Any documents or submissions received without a cover letter or consultation notice are likely to be returned and clarification sought. This will delay the commencement of the referral timeframe.