Question to the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government (Mr. Alan Kelly, TD)
To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if planning permission is required where a residential property is changed from being owner-occupied to rented; if not, his views on such an approach being a feasible proposal for further consideration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer
For WRITTEN ANSWER on Tuesday, 10 March 2015.
Planning permission is required for development – that is, the carrying out of works – or for a change in the use of land or structures, unless the development is specifically exempted from the requirement to obtain planning permission.
A change in the status of a residential property from being owner-occupied to being occupied by tenants – without any change in the structure of the property – would not constitute a change of use of a property for planning purposes and would therefore not require planning permission.
However, the subdivision of a residential property into 2 or more residential units constitutes development and would require planning permission.