Offaly County Council wishes to advise that the following Public Offices will re- open public counters on Thursday 5th August 2021 from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm Monday to Friday:

Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore

Tullamore Tullamore Municipal District Offices

The Public Offices listed below will open as follows:

** Edenderry Municipal District Offices (Tuesday-Thursday each week from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm only)

** Birr Municipal District Offices (Tuesday-Thursday each week from 9.30 am to 1pm only)

At Áras an Chontae, Tullamore, counter services for Planning, Roads, the Local Enterprise Office, Community & Culture, Corporate Services, Water Services and Environment will be available by APPOINTMENT MADE IN ADVANCE only.

Where possible the public should continue to access our services by phone, email, online or by appointment. Please read for latest information and measures in place.

Forms & Documents

Before you Start

‌Site Suitability Assessment Process - revised December 2017

 A Site Suitability Assessment is a requirement of the planning application process. The assessment must be carried out by a suitably qualified assessor, chosen by the applicants themselves. 

A suitably qualified assessor is defined as a person who has completed the Quality & Qualifications/FETAC Certificate in Site Suitability Assessments for On-site Wastewater Management and holds a professional indemnity of at least €1,000,000.

The assessor is required to undertake the assessment in accordance with the 2009 EPA Code of Practice; Waste Water Treatment & Disposal Systems serving Single Houses (p.e ≤ 10).

Offaly County Council require that a Site Suitability Assessment be carried out on the development site prior to submitting the application for planning permission. The Council require the submission of a Notification Form two weeks in advance of the assessment, providing the proposed test date – see attached SSA Notification Form below.

When submitting the planning application, Offaly County Council require one copy of the completed site assessment report for each on-site wastewater treatment system proposed, completed on the EPA Site Characterisation Form, and including the supporting information and documentation listed in the link below - Required SSA Information for Planning Applications.

All commercial developments providing private effluent treatment systems shall comply with the provisions of the EPA Wastewater Treatment Manual; Treatment Systems for Small Communities, Business, Leisure Centres and Hotels and any subsequent amendments.

To ensure best practice in the overall context of the proper planning and sustainable development of the area, Offaly County Council will adopt a monitoring/auditing role in relation to this process and will carry out inspections to verify results as required.