What are Rent Pressure Zones in Ireland

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What is a Rent Pressure Zone’s in Ireland?

Rent Pressure zones are areas of Ireland where the Government has decided that no short-term rental can take place without planning permission. If a person has a self-catering apartment or house for rent in an area that is designated a Rent Pressure Zone ( RPZ) they can no longer trade. The Rent Pressure Zones were brought in by the Irish Government in 2017, listing electoral areas where such accommodation could not take place. As a result, there is a lack of short-term holiday accommodation in many areas of Ireland, with Killarney and Kinsale added to the list of RPZ areas in 2020. 


Full details of the Rent Pressure Zones 

As the representative body for the Self-Catering industry in Ireland, the Irish Self Catering Federation work on behalf of the industry to improve standards for all members.

We lobby  Government Departments, Failte Ireland, and aim to raise standards in the industry.

We are compiling this survey on the effects of the Rent Pressure Zones (RPZ) on the Self-Catering industry in Ireland in the summer of 2021. Some local authorities are sending letters to self-catering owners in recent months and we want to quantify this information, so we can argue against RPZ’s for self-catering owners. We are stronger together as an industry and we need your information to fight on your behalf. If you have difficulty with Government bodies with the management of your Self-Catering business contact the Irish Self-Catering Federation which represents members in Ireland and at the EU level.


ISCF Rental Pressure Zone 2017-21

Date Introduced 

Electoral Area’s

Electoral Area’s

Electoral Area’s


South Dublin

DunLaoghaire Rathdown

Dublin City Council


Fingal Dublin 

Cork City



Galway City.

Celbridge, Nass Kildare

Galway City


Bray, Wicklow

Ratoath, Meath

Laytown,  Meath 


Ashbourne, Meath

Newbridge Kildare

Ballincollig, Cork 


Maynooth, Kildare


Cobh, Cork


Drogheda, Louth



Limerick East

Navan, Meath



 Oranmore, Galway 

Limerick City 

Fermoy, Cork


Midleton, Cork 

Kilkenny City

Portarlington, Laois

  Portlaoise, Laois


Portlaoise, Laois 


Dundalk/ Carlingford , Louth


Ardee,  Lough

Trim, Meath

Kells, Meath

Dundalk, Lough


Waterford City

Athlone, Westmeath

Gorey, Wexford


Macroom, Cork

Carlow Town, Carlow

Arklow, Wicklow 


Mullingar, Westmeath

Tullamore, Offaly

Athy, Kildare 


Mallow, Cork 

Killarney,  Kerry

Cobh, Cork


Baltinglass, Wicklow 

Sligo-Strandhill, Sligo 

Pilltown,  Kilkenny


Bandon, Kinsale, Co Cork




Kildare Co Kildare


The ‘Housing for All – a New Housing Plan for Ireland’ is the government’s housing plan to 2030. A Review took place in November 2021 of the plan but the RPZ’s were not lifted in the regions above. IF an owner does not have planning permission for Short Term Rental in these areas, they cannot trade as Self-Catering rental properties. The ISCF is in discussion with Government and with a Register being brought in at EU level in 2022,  followed by a Register for all Short Term Rentals in Ireland by the end of 2022. Join the Irish Self-Catering Federation for the latest information 

Benefits of the ISCF for Members of the Federation

   * Lobby government on Planning and Policy meetings

  * Network and support for Members.

   * WhatsApp Groups in each Tourism region and Bi-monthly newsletter.

  * Listing on the LetsGoSelfCatering.ie website when launched in 2021,  for direct bookings by customers. No commission on bookings

    * ISCF  Quality Assurance for Self-Catering properties-  giving reassurance for visitors to Ireland

    * Can apply for Covid Safety Charter and  listing on Discover Ireland 

    *  Workshops and industry training for members

  • Special Offers from Affiliates of the ISCF

Why not join the ISCF as a member to get all information on RPZ’s and all other factors affecting our industry, reasons to join.


Tel: 353 86 1785654, Email:   info@iscf,ie  Website:  www.iscf.ie


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