Dáil Éireann - Volume 679 - 31 March, 2009

Written Answers. - Planning Issues.

Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the position regarding a matter (details supplied). [13203/09]

  Deputy John Gormley: Under the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, the erection on or within the curtilage of a house of a dish type antenna used for the receiving and transmitting of signals from satellites is exempted development, subject to the following conditions:

1. Not more than one such antenna shall be erected on, or within the curtilage of a house.

2. The diameter of any such antenna shall not exceed 1 metre.

3. No such antenna shall be erected on, or forward of, the front wall of the house.

4. No such antenna shall be erected on the front roof slope of the house or higher than the highest part of the roof of the house.

The erection of a satellite dish other than within the terms of this exemption requires planning permission. Enforcement of planning control is a matter for the relevant planning authority, which is obliged to address any complaints in this regard and make a decision as to whether enforcement action is appropriate.