Twenty euro fee for members of public to comment on planning applications while fee for councillors abolished

‘Enables elected members to participate without undue expense’

Sligo News File

Councillors are entitled to make observations on planning applications completely without charge.

The waiver agreed during the term of the last government, is, however, denied to members of the public who must tender a €20 payment to have their submission on a proposed planning development considered by a planning authority.

Responding to a written parliamentary query on the issue, Minister Peter Burke said it was considered that the abolition of the €20 observation fee for elected members “would enable them to participate in the planning process in a transparent way, but without undue expense, having regard to their role as democratically elected representatives for their areas.”

The waived fee arrangements for local authority members were brought into force under the Planning and Development (Amendment) (Fees) Regulations 2018.