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Bridge Access Request

​​​​​To apply to erect a bridge (pedestrian or road) over Waterways Ireland's property please complete the form below and send the accompanying documentation and the administration fee to:

Property & Legal Section

Waterways Ireland

2 Sligo Road
Co Fermanagh
BT74 7JY​


For help completing this form please contact Mark Howe on +44 (0)28 66 346 269.

An asterix * indicates a required field.

Name of Applicant *
Address of Applicant *
Telephone Number *
Mobile Number *
Email Address *

Address of Works *
Townland *
County *
Map Co-ordinates *
Description of proposed works including specific details regarding the intended use: *
Estimated time required to complete *

Please note that as a separate process under the Local Government Act, 2001 Section 245 you are required to seek consent from the Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to construct or reconstruct a bridge over an inland waterway or any navigable water.

The application can be forwarded for the attention of Minister Darragh O’Brien & Minister Malcolm Noonan & at Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Custom House, Dublin, D01 W6X0

Waterways Ireland will require three copies of the following information in order for full consideration to be given to your application for a lease.

1. A copy of Planning Approval for the proposed bridge and any associated works on or adjacent to Waterways Ireland property, with a full set of associated drawings and any other documents that formed part of the approved planning application.

2. An Ordnance Survey Map (Scale 1:2500) identifying the location of the proposed bridge / associated walkways.

3. Scaled drawings (Scale 1:200) detailing the structure of the proposed bridge and the site layout (In digital format and Geo-referenced to ITM).

4. Scaled drawings (Scale 1:500) with the following outlined and hatched (In digital format):
• Property under the jurisdiction of Waterways Ireland to which a land encroachment is anticipated outlined and hatched in red. The encroachment area should be computed in square metres and marked clearly on the map.
• The area of air space encroachment outlined and hatched in yellow. The area of airspace should be computed in square metres and marked clearly on the map.
• Land requirements for temporary works should also be identified, outlined and hatched in green. The temporary encroachment area should be computed in square metres and marked clearly on the map.

5. Confirmation of who will have ownership and ongoing responsibility for the future maintenance and operation of the bridge and associated structures or services that form part of this application. Please provide details of plans and proposals regarding the on-going management and maintenance of the bridge when completed.

6. Provide details of any proposed bank revetment / retention or any boundary fence along Waterways Ireland’s property which the proposed development adjoins.

7. If applicable, provide details of the location, specification and intended use if any pipes or cables e.g. earth wire cables which are proposed to run through the Waterways Ireland’s property. Please identify the position of these on a 1:500 scale drawing marked in blue.

8. Provide details of access arrangements to be put in place to ensure that no part of Waterways Ireland’s property is cut off as a result of the proposed development.

9. Provide details of any environment or heritage impact studies for the proposed development.

It is recommended in order to avoid delays that you discuss and agree with Waterways Ireland’s Operations Division your proposals in relation to items 3,4,5,6, 7 and 8 above before submission of the required documents to progress your application.

You should be aware that this list is not exhaustive and Waterways Ireland reserves the right to request further details if deemed necessary in the consideration of your proposal.

Administration Fee (non-refundable) forwarded:

Please select method of payment:

Please send to: Property & Legal Section, Waterways Ireland, 2 Sligo Road, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 7JY.

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By completing and submitting this form you are entering a binding agreement with Waterways Ireland

There is a 7 day cooling off period in place from submission of the form. Should you change your mind within 7 days, please contact Mark Howe to cancel the contract.

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