This is food for thought. A public planning application made to Leitrim County Council for change of use, to turn a garage into a microbrewery.
A frustrating amount of red tape -- and remember this is only the planning permission. Nothing to do with Revenue etc.
It's disappointing that time and effort needed to be spent on the most basic of things like:
1. Explaining to the CoCo that to rent a premises would cost money
2. Explaining to the CoCo there is no need for a staff toilet to be installed as the "staff" (husband and wife) own the adjoining house
3. Getting on to the HSE for their opinion on the toilet in the house issue.
Also, there is an office in the house but it has been stipulated that an additional PP application is needed if this is to be used as part of the microbrewery!
And on top of all the usual costs there's a €1,025 "development levy" despite the fact that there is no new development, only a change of use.
I have found in the past when applying for planning permission for "unusual" builds i.e. anything thats not a house. That the easiest way is often to hire a specialist to make the application. The reason being that the council trusts their judgment and opinions rather than someone new to applications.
Regarding the toilet, I'm guessing that a brewery has to be treated the same as a commercial kitchen and therefore will be inspected by the health inspector? If so a household toilet will not be up to scratch hygiene wise (no offence meant). You would not be able to have things like perfumed soap, bath or toilet matts, toothbrushes etc. and you would have to create a daily clean rota, potentially change out of your work uniform before you use the toilet etc. etc. all easily do'able though.
It all make sense AFTER you've finished the application though!!