An Taisce is a prescribed body for various development consent and policy making processes in Ireland. As such, we are referred applications for the various types of development listed below and have the opportunity to make submissions with observations and recommendations. We are also consulted on various policy making processes, particularly for forward planning and the drafting of development plans.


Referrals from Local Authorities under Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (amended)

Pre-draft Development Plan consultations

Draft Development Plans

Amendments to Development Plans

Draft Local Area Plans

Additions and deletions to Record of Protected Structures

Part 8 applications by Local Authorities in locations of environmental or heritage sensitivity

Referrals on planning applications under Article 28 Planning Regulations, for development having potential impact on the environment, areas of landscape or scenic amenity, archaeology, geology, protected structures and architectural conservations areas. This includes applications with Environmental Impact Assessment Reports and Natura Impact Assessment screenings and reports

Regional Authorities 

Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies and Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan consultations

Referrals from An Bord Pleanála

Strategic Infrastructure Developments (SID)

Strategic Housing Developments (SHD)

Substitute consent applications

Requests for comments on planning appeals under Article 28 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001


New and amended Waste Licences

New and amended Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) Licences 

Dumping at sea permits


Applications for new or revised licences to Department of Agriculture and Marine under Aquaculture (Licence Application) Regulations 1998 as amended


Applications for new forestry to the Forestry Division of the Department of Agriculture and Marine


Foreshore licence applications

Oil and gas exploration and drilling