The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until May 17th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings will re-open to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect from Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Offaly County Development Plan 2021 - 2027

Offaly County Council has commenced the review of the existing Offaly County Development Plan 2014-2020 by preparing the new Offaly County Development Plan 2021-2027. 

The County Development Plan is a statutory document prepared by the Planning Authority in accordance with the requirements of the Planning & Development Act 2000 (as amended) and the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 (as amended). 

The County Development Plan preparation process involves public consultation at 3 stages, which will subsequently lead to and inform the preparation of the new County Development Plan as shown below:

CDP October

Stage 2 Draft

Draft Plan

The pre-draft Offaly County Development Plan 2021-2027 was amended by elected members and agreed to be the Draft Offaly County Development Plan 2021-2027 on 13th July 2020. 

The draft plan comprises the following:

  • Volume 1: Written Statement
  • Volume 2: Settlement Plans
  • SEA Environmental Report
  • Natura Impact Report
  • Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
  • Wind Energy Strategy
  • Housing Strategy including Housing Need and Demand Assessment
  • Record of Protected Structures


Please click here to see a copy of the Draft Plan and all accompanying reports

 Errata in Draft Offaly County Development Plan 2021-2027, Volume 2 - Settlement Plans

20th of August 2020

Please note:

A clerical error has been identified in the map which forms part of the Roscomroe Sráid Plan in Volume 2 of the Draft Offaly County Development Plan 2021-2027 (printed and online versions) published on the 27th July 2020.

The Roscomroe Sráid Plan has been amended online on our website and hard copy at the stated display locations to now include the correct map.

Submission Dates and Viewing Locations

A copy of the Draft Offaly County Development Plan 2021-2027 and all accompanying reports were available for public inspection from Monday 27th July 2020 - Wednesday 7th October 2020 (both dates inclusive) at the following locations, during normal opening hours and excluding public holidays:


  • Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, County Offaly.
  • Birr Municipal District, Wilmer Road, Birr, County Offaly.
  • Tullamore Municipal District, Cormac Street, Tullamore, County Offaly.
  • Edenderry Municipal District, Town Hall, Edenderry, County Offaly.
  • Branch Libraries at Birr, Clara, Edenderry and Tullamore (during branch opening hours).


Visiting members of the public should be advised that the operation of Local Authority public counters and interaction with the public, in the context of ongoing COVID-19 public health requirements, is governed by Standard Operating Guidance (SOG) protocols applying in the local government sector. Please be advised that all visitors will be required to adhere to these protocols.

Please note submissions are now closed for the Draft Offaly County Development Plan 2021-2027

CE Report Draft Stage1 - corrected.pdf (size 32.4 MB)

Draft amended Offaly Housing Strategy and HNDA March 2021.pdf (size 2.7 MB)

Errata in CE Report regarding submissions received in relation to Draft Offaly County Development Plan 2021-2027

Errata Cover Note.pdf (size 73.3 KB)

CE Report - Appendix 5 - corrected.pdf (size 2.7 MB)

Submissions Received

Written submissions or observations received by the planning authority are available for viewing here.

Privacy Statement

Please click here to see the Privacy Statement for the County Development Plan Process.