You need to provide at least one mapped location in order to receive alerts. Locations are easy to add on a simple map interface. The more accurate your locations, the more relevant your alerts will be for planning applications around you. Paid subscribers can add up to five mapped locations which may include home, work, etc. Businesses can add as many locations as they wish and this can cover all their premises around the country, for example.
Geofence distances around your locations
Depending on your plan, you will receive alerts around your mapped locations up to a distance of 10km. Geofences (i.e. ''buffers'') can be set from 500 metres around your locations, which is probably sufficient for city areas. However, paid subscribers can extend their geofence/buffers to 5km while businesses can extend up to 10km.
Mapping & GIS Integration
Depending on your plan, you will gain access to a variety of easy-to-use features on the interactive mapping (GIS) system. The Free Plan offers a basic viewer experience while the Business Plan allows you to print maps and measure distances on the map.
Depending on your plan, you will gain access to a variety of mapped information on the GIS system. These map layers include a variety of topics such as National Parks & Wildlife, Zonings, Geology & Groundwater, conservation and more. Subscriber & Business accounts gain access to mapped commencement notices. If you click on an item on the map with the Free Plan then limited information will be displayed. However, Subscriber & Business accounts will display full information at all times. Business Accounts gain access to a mapped version of the Property Price Register.
Subscribers get the benefit of Google Streetview integration. In almost all cases Google StreetView panoramics will exist for a planning application location. This is a great way for you to view what already exists on the ground as this information may not be available from the web mapping or aerial photography. Save yourself a site visit by using PlanningAlerts.ie
Links to Council Files
If you have a trial or paid plan then you can easily link from PlanningAlerts.ie back to the correct page on the local authority's website for full planning file information. For GDPR reasons, PlanningAlerts.ie will not display the applicant details on this website so if you want applicant details or to view any scanned documents then this link back to the Council website is very useful. The Council planning file number will also be made visible to Subscriber and Business accounts.
Weekly Email Alerts
The real value of PlanningAlerts.ie is the email alert feature. We will send you a weekly summary email of all planning activity within your area(s) of interest. This saves you LOTS of time searching planning lists on Council websites and other sources such as newspapers. Sign up, sit back and let us do the searching on your behalf. If there are any new, updated or decided applications then we will get in touch. Commencement Notice alerts are limited to business accounts.
Popups disabled for subscribers
Occasional pop up banners will appear throughout the websites for those who are not logged into the service. By creating a PlanningAlerts.ie account, it means that your website experience will be popup-free, and all pages will load without interruption. Popups include internal campaigns asking that you sign up. They aren’t the worst ad campaigns you’ve ever seen, but they can interrupt your experience.
Area of Interest Reports
Business Feature: Professionals often require a greater understanding of the local area and how this may impact any potential planning applications they are submitting. It is necessary to get a background profile on other topics apart from planning, such as the groundwater, zoning, historical building considerations and much more. Until now, this is often a slow and cumbersome process as individual map layers need to be queried on a GIS system that isn't easy to operate.
PlanningAlerts.ie now offers a pre-planning report generator that covers all of Ireland and offers all the infomation you require to make an informed decision. All you need to do is click on a map over your area of interest and we will generate an instant report. Within a seconds you will gain access to a full local planning history of nearby applications, e.g., the distance of other applications from your report point, nearby decisions & developments, along with all the GIS context information for that area.
Business Feature: If you are interested in knowing what developments are commencing in your local area then the weekly commencement notice lists are useful. You can filter results by county to quickly determine the developments that may interest you. This is useful for those who wish to sell construction services but are only interested in the commencement date rather than the ''decision granted'' date. The Commencement List feature also includes a direct link out to the correct page on the BCMS website where developer and applicant information is instantly available. We do not store the applicant or developer information on this website for GDPR reasons, however this is the next best thing by providing a link out to the correct page on BCMS.
Alerts by Geographic Region/Boundary
Business Feature: Somtimes a buffered map point doesn't offer the greatest flexibility for your business to get the alerts they require. In some cases you may wish to get alerts for planning activity across a much wider area. The ''Area of Interest'' alerts provide an opportunity to get alerts for well-known geographic areas such as counties, municipal districts and towns/villages across Ireland. For Dublin businesses, it is also possible to get planning updates for the main postal code districts (D1, D2, etc). All you needd to do is select and save the boundaries that interest you, sit back and wait. This is a perfect solution for those where a geographic boundary represents their area of interest, such as sales representative or a city/county councillor.
Keyword Alert Filters
Business Feature: There are numerous planning applications added, updated or decided each week. Your business may only be interested in a small number of these applications and, in particular, a specified type of application. PlanningAlerts.ie allows your business to store keywords that relate to your industry and you will get alerts for any applications where your keywords are mentioned in the development description of the planning file. For example, if you offer construction services then you can save keyword search for ''extension'', ''new build'' and other related terms of interest. You can also filter a keyword alert by county.
Business Feature: Apart from the weekly email you receive, PlanningAlerts.ie will attach an Excel file of your planning alert results. This can be imported to your CRM or GIS/mapping systems. Full information is available from the PlanningAlerts.ie database, including GIS map coordinates.
Pricing Plan FAQ
How long does a subscription last?
Subscriptions are charged over a 12 month period. For Subscriber accounts, this means you will pay €1.99 * 12 months. Businesses pay €39 * 12 months. While it would be nice to charge on a monthly basis, it isn't practical from a billing and administrative point of view.
How do I cancel or close my account?
Each account type (free, paid subscriber and business) includes a self-service feature to close and permanently delete the account. This takes a few seconds to carry out. Once an account deletion is triggered it cannot be restored.
Will my local Council definitely send regular updates?
Our advice is to check the coverage table to check how regularly your Council is providing updates. Data is based on an Open Data feed from Dept. of Housing Planning & Local Government. In some cases Councils may not send updates at the level you require.
If this data is available on Council websites then what exactly am I paying for?
You are mostly paying for convenience. PlanningAlerts.ie offers a huge time saving experience if you have a regular interest in Irish planning applications. Sure, while this data is publicly available elsewhere (e.g. Council sites), it is sometimes difficult to digest, search and understand. Many Councils wil simply publish their data on their website whereas PlanningAlerts.ie allows you to get notifications when something happens that impacts you. In other words, we do all the searching and filtering on your behalf and we get in touch when you need to know about a specific planning application and this is very convenient if you otherwise search planning registers each week.
Businesses are the primary paid user of PlanningAlerts.ie and they sign up for a dedicated planning information service that comes with a variety of professional features (see the business page for details).
Can businesses claim back VAT?
Yes. VAT is charged at the standard rate and businesses can claim this back. Business account holders can provide their company information within their account profile to ensure their invoices are complete. Invoices can be exported & printed from within the account area for all account holders.
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