Planning Permission Won’t Be Needed To Convert Former Pubs Into Residential Units


The conversion of former pubs into residential units will be exempted from requiring planning permission following the signing of Planning Regulations by the Housing Minister.

The new exemption will allow a change of use of certain vacant commercial premises – including vacant areas above ground-floor premises – to residential use such as ‘above shop’ living. 

The change in regulation aims to increase the re-use of vacant commercial buildings in Tipperary and increase much-needed housing supply.

There are some conditions attached including that the pub’s license must have lapsed and there’s a limit of 9 residential units can be produced under an exempted development.

Since 2018, 94 residential units have been provided in county Tipperary through 61 notifications of exempted developments.