OPR Publishes Practice Note on Planning Conditions

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) has today, 21 October published its latest Practice Note. This Practice Note (PN03) is the third in a series of OPR Practice Notes. It focuses on ‘Planning Conditions’.

The attachment of conditions to a planning permission is the culmination of the planning assessment of a development proposal. The overall purpose of the practice note is to promote greater consistency, insofar as is practical, in the use of standard planning conditions, and to support planning authorities in devising their own manual of conditions.

The need for a Practice Note in this area was identified in the OPR’s first Strategic Planning Research Programme, published in September 2020, following stakeholder engagement and consultation with the National Planning Knowledge Group (NPKG).

This Practice Note contains information and guidance for planning authorities on how to draft standard planning conditions and the reasons for the attachment of conditions to a grant of planning permission. It also includes:

  • a practitioners checklist for appraising planning conditions (Appendix A);
  • a planning conditions compendium (Appendix B);
  • a sample of a supplementary advice note that may be furnished with a final grant of permission to highlight other codes that may be relevant at the implementation stage (Appendix C); and
  • an overview of relevant case law (Appendix D).

Read previous practice notes at https://www.opr.ie/planning-practice/