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Welcome to the Regional Planning Guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area website.

The 2000 Planning and Sustainable Development Act requires that all Regional Authorities shall at the direction of the Minister make Regional Planning Guidelines.  There are 8 Regional Authorities in Ireland, which were set up in 1994 under the Local Government Act 1991 (Regional Authorities) Establishment Order 1993.

The main functions of a Regional Authority are:-

NEW RESOURCE: The All Ireland Research Observatory, based in NUI Maynooth, provides an interactive spatial portal of datasets and specialist tools.  To access this resource please visit http://www.airo.ie


Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022

The Regional Planning Guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area combines two Regional Authority areas - the Dublin Regional Authority and the Mid-East Regional Authority for the purposes of Regional Planning. This approach is provided for in the Planning Act where required by the Minister.

The current Regional Planning Guidelines were made by the Dublin and Mid-East Regional Authorities on the 15th of June 2010. The Guidelines cover the Councils of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Dublin City, Fingal and South Dublin in the Dublin Region and Kildare, Meath and Wicklow County Council areas in the Mid-East Region.

The Regional Planning Guidelines aim to give regional effect to the National Spatial Strategy and to guide the development plans for each county.  The RPGs inform the Development Plans in each Council area and have effect for six years. 

A copy of the document is free to download below.  The document comes in two volumes- Part 1 which is the Guidelines and Part 2 with contains the Appendices, including the Strategic Environmental Assessment and Report and the Habitat Impact Assessment and Key Economic Background Documents.   Paper copies of Volume 1 can also be purchased from the office. 

Regional Planning Guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area 2010-2022- Volume I

Regional Planning Guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area 2010-2022 - Volume II

Treoirlínte Pleanála Réigiúnacha do Mhórcheantar Bhaile Átha Cliath 2010-2022

To aid those without high quality broadband, the text can be downloaded in sections below:

RPG Vol I- Preamble & Executive Summary

RPG Vol I- Executive Summary to Chapter 5

RPG Vol I- Chapter 6 to Chapter 10


Further detail on the process can be viewed in the Review Process for 2010 RPGs section of our website.