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Viewing Planning Files

How to view old Planning Files 

Old planning files are held in archives and also at a few locations throughout the county. Archived planning files can be requested using the attached File Retrieval Form along with the appropriate fee (€30.00 per file). Once the file has been retrieved the requestor will be notified and they will be advised when the file can be viewed. The file will be held at County House Lifford for a period of one week and will thereafter be returned to the storage area.


Please see here for revised protocols for viewing files arising from Covid 19


If you do not have a reference number to hand, it will be necessary to carry out a map register search to identify same. Please therefore complete the attached form, and submit same with a map showing the property outlined in red  OS 6" or 1:2500 only acceptable, Land Registry maps are not acceptable as they are insufficiently detailed to enable identification of a property. The fee for a map search is  €35.00 and must accompany the application  

Map Register Search Form


In some cases solicitors require a full planning search, the fee for this is €100.00 and the Planning Search Form  must be completed‌‌‌



Revised arrangements for viewing Current  planning files


In line with the Government Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business planning applications are viewable by appointment only in County House Lifford between the hours of 9.30 and 4.30 pm. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Anyone attending the Council to view files must do so in compliance with HSE Covid-19 health and safety, hand sanitising and social distancing protocols.

 It should be noted that all documentation in relation to current planning applications is available online via  as soon as possible after receipt. The Planning Service can be contacted by phone or by email  in relation to planning enquiries and Planning staff are responding to service requests on an ongoing basis.  Requests for information or advice can be made by phone on 074 9153900 or by email via



If for any reason people are unable to attend the view applications on line or are unable to attend the Planning Office to view same during the pandemic please complete the attached forms



File Retrieval Form

Declaration Form

and forward these to the planning department along with a fee of €6.50 Normal application, the fee may be greater if there are a large number of drawings, so these will need to be calculated separately

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