what our customers have said about us:

Dealing with you has been a pleasure. Your experience and advice was invaluable. The timelines were precise and together with our builder we were in our new house in 6 months.

Mairead Lyons and Ryan McCann, Co. Limerick

Planning

The following are for guidance purposes only.

Based on current Irish planning regulations (S.I. No.600/2001) most OuterSpace Studioswill not require planning permission on the basis that they fall into the Class1 exemption category.

Class 1 exemption allows building an extension to the rear of the house which does not increase the original floor area by more than 40 square metres and is not higher than the house. The extension should not reduce the open space to the back of the house to less than 25 square meters which must be reserved exclusively for the use of the occupants of your house. If your house has been extended before, the floor area of the extension you are now proposing and the floor extension of any previous extension (including those for which you previously got planning permission) must not exceed 40 square metres. There are also other height restrictions.

However if you want to make a material (i.e. substantial) change to the use of land or buildings which will have an actual or potential impact on neighbours or the local community, then you will need planning permission. For example you will need planning permission if the proposed OuterSpace Studio is for any of the following uses:

  • A Public building (Surgery, crèche etc)
  • A commercial office with staff
  • An independent domestic dwelling particularly if it is to be rented.

Ultimately it is your responsibility to ensure that the building of the OuterSpace Studio on your site complies with planning regulations. For full details on the Irish Planning Regulations check out http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2001/en/si/0600.html