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Welcome to the Planning Section

Attention Agents:

The Planning Office is Open from 9:00am to 4:00pm
but closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
neither counter nor phone service available at lunch time.

Role of Planning Department

The primary objective of the Planning Department is to facilitate, in line with national policies, the development of the county, to encourage sustainable growth and improvement in living standards and environment for the citizens of the county and visitors alike.
The role and function of the Planning Department is, therefore, as follows:

  1. Determination of physical planning policy for the county
  2. Control of new development and building.
  3. Promotion of industrial, commercial and other appropriate development.

    The Planning Office is located at County Hall, John St, Kilkenny, on the first floor. The office is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. daily. Contact our office by phoning 056 7794010 or by emailing us at planning@kilkennycoco.ie.


Before lodging a new Planning Application, please check the following: -

- Ensure the current Application Form is submitted (Last update October 2011). This can be found on the Planning Forms web page.

The Application Form and Notices are subject to change throughout the year to reflect amendments to Planning Legislation, etc. Applications may be invalidated where incorrect forms and notices are used.

From July 2010 anyone submitting a planning application can search, request, pay and down load for printing a selection of mapping products which are usually required to submit a planning application. This new service can be found on Ordnance Survey Ireland's corporate website www.osi.ie

For further information or queries in relation to the above, please contact the Planning Office on Tel. 056 779 4010.

Planning Applications - Panel of Site Suitability Assessors

Kilkenny County Council, as an assistance to those applying for planning permission, compiles a list of persons for the purposes of conducting Site Suitability Assessments in accordance with The Environmental Protection Agency's Code of Practise - Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems serving single houses. All Site Characterisation tests submitted to the Planning Section must have been carried out and completed in accordance with the above code of practice and by a competent person. The new code, new site characterisation form (which must be completed electronically) and frequently asked questions can be downloaded on the EPA website at the following link: Waste Water | Information on EPA Website

The service involved in site suitability assessment comprises of:

  • Percolation and water testing
  • Recommending suitable types of treatment systems and effluent disposal routes
  • Supervising installation of the proposed system
  • Design, testing and certification to ensure that the treatment system and percolation area/polishing filter are fit for purpose and comply with relevant standards/guidelines and conditions of planning.

View Site Suitability Assessors updated 30/01/2013 PDF

Information for (prospective) Assessors

View list of FAQs related to on site sewage treatment (top and lower end of web page)

View list of newspapers approved for planning notices in erspect of areas as specified within the functional area of Kilkenny County Council



This document is now available for download here: County Kilkenny Rural Design Guide PDF 7.3 MB

Hard copies are available for purchase at the Planning Customer Service Desk, John Street, Kilkenny and at the Area Offices, Callan, Thomastown, Newrath, Castlecomer for a fee of €10.00. Alternatively, apply for a copy to Planning Section, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John St, Kilkenny with the appropriate fee.


Under Article 18 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2008, minor changes have been introduced that affect the wording which must be contained within a Newspaper Notice.

Please note that the following wording must be contained (in addition to other relevant details outlined under Article 18) within the public newspaper notice for all applications lodged under the Planning and Development Acts 2000 - 2011 & Regulations 2001 - 2012 with the exception of advertisements of significant further information/revised plans as outlined under Article 35 :-

"the planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Department, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny, during its public opening hours 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the planning application".

Please note also that the wording on the public Site Notice has been altered to reflect the above standard wording. Further to the Planning Regulations 2011the wording of the Site Notice has been further amended. The following wording must be included in all future Site Notices lodged with Kilkenny County Council. 'The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission'

Anne Maria Walsh

Senior Executive Officer.

Felling of Trees:

You are advised that with certain exceptions it is an offence, under the Forestry Act 1946, to fell trees without a felling licence having been granted by the Forestry Service. Failure to obtain a felling licence when necessary, may result in a criminal prosecution. Developers are advised to contact the Felling Section, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture and Food, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford. Tel. (053)9163400 before undertaking any tree felling.

Contact Planning

County Hall
John Street

Tel: 056 7794010
Email: planning@kilkennycoco.ie

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm
(Closed Lunch Time 1pm - 2pm)

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