Re: Re: Planning for additonal living space in back garden
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Firstly you need to know that the exempt limit is 40m2 not 25. This must be to the back of the house and not exceed the height of the existing roof lines. From what you have said I can see no reason why you would need planning. However you can call your local council planning department and make an appointment to show them what you want to do and they will tell you on the spot.
Most planning departments at the moment are under serious pressure and are very eager to pass things as exempt. You will need to fill out the proper forms and pay the fee (I think it’s €85) but I think you will be fine. You have to fill this form out and pay the fee not matter what. Even if you are 100% sure it is exempt.
As regards putting up a temp wall to fool the planners well don’t bother. The area of a building is to the outside of the walls not that it matters as you are well under the limit.
You can refer to the space as a “Home Office” on the planning exemption form but who is to know what you use if for.