Update on the National E-planning Project in Westmeath County Council
The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) is currently rolling out a national e-Planning project which aims to bring the planning application process online, thereby replacing the current requirement to submit applications in hard copy (including the associated multitude of documents, maps, drawings, newspaper notices, etc.).
In this regard, an online system has been developed through which planning applications can be made and applicants will be kept updated on the progress of their application.
The project aims to improve efficiency, reduce the potential for invalid applications, and deliver on the government strategy to move more public services online.
The portal has been successfully pilot tested in Tipperary and Galway County Councils with sign off last December to the point where online applications are now being accepted by those Planning Authorities.
Westmeath County Council has been selected to participate in the Wave 1 Rollout commencing in mid September 2022. Preparatory work is ongoing and, in conjunction with the LGMA, it is intended to move to the next steps in the process in the coming weeks.
As part of the next phase of the rollout the Planning Department is engaging with planning agents who regularly interact with Westmeath County Council in order to assist with the move to the electronic submission of planning applications.
In this regard, as a first step, the following material will provide you with an overview of the process together with details for registration and a step by step guide to the planning application submission process under the new e-Planning portal.
Westmeath County Council, together with the LGMA will also host an online training webinar on these new changes on the 5th September 2022 @ 11.30am.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration.
We look forward to seeing you at this webinar and to working with you as part of this project in the coming months.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 31/08/2022