How to request an Oral Hearing?

Anyone who makes a valid objection can request an oral hearing.  A request for an oral hearing must include €126 fee and be received within the one month objection period. This period commences on the date of notification of the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)s proposed decision.

The EPA has absolute discretion to hold an oral hearing whether or not a request has been made.


While there are no specific statutory criteria governing the decision to hold an oral hearing, the matters that would influence us include:

  • New issues not previously raised that are specific to the location of the development;
  • The sensitivity of the location or local environment;
  • Whether or not the matter is of national or regional importance;
  • The scale and complexity of the development;
  • Significant new information.

 Learn More:

Download: Aspects of Licensing Procedures: Objections and Oral Hearings  to learn more about Oral hearings.

For further information contact our Environmental Licensing Programme at:

Office of Environmental Sustainability
PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate
County Wexford
Telephone Locall 1890 33 55 99 or 053 91 60600