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Revised Retail Planning Guidelines

PRACTICE AREA GROUP: Commercial Real Estate, Retail and Leisure
DATE: 16.05.2012

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has published new Retail Planning Guidelines and an accompanying Retail Design Manual.  The new Guidelines have statutory force and are intended to assist competitiveness in the retail sector.  Publication of the revised Guidelines follows on a commitment under the EU/IMF Programme with regard to elimination of the cap on the size of retail premises.

The convenience retail floor space caps of the new Retail Planning Guidelines are :

  • 4,000 m2 in the four Dublin Local Authority areas (Dublin City, Fingal, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown)
  • 3,500 m2 in the cities of Cork, Limerick, Shannon, Galway and Waterford
  • 3,000 m2 in the rest of the State.

The new floor space caps apply to new retail stores or extensions to existing stores which will result in an aggregate increase in the net retail floor space of the convenience element of such retail stores.

The non-statutory Retail Design Manual is intended to assist both planning authorities and respective applicants in relation to design issues and the assessment of the vitality and viability of city and town centres.

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