I've done a spot of googling. Donegal CC have a cheat sheet in PDF form. it says the following:
An exemption is being sought on the basis that the property was
uninhabitable. Copy of Land Registry Folio for the property, to be provided in
Photographs of the property and a declaration of the condition of the property,
including details of when it was last occupied, should be submitted as part of
a covering letter.
Details of the planning reference number if the property is a new build.
Alternatively, if the property is for sale, details of the estate agent who is
selling the property or a property brochure should be submitted.
The following criteria is referenced in determining if a property is
Does the property have a sound roof?
Is it so affected by dampness as to make it unsuitable for habitation?
Does it have toilet / bathroom facilities?
Does it have a heating system?
Does it have a water supply? (a supply that is disconnected only would
not deem a property uninhabitable).
Does it have windows and doors?
Does it have an electricity supply connected? (a supply that is
disconnected only would not deem a property uninhabitable)
Is the house dilapidated and run down?
Does it require major repairs to make it habitable?
A number of the above criteria will have to be met to deem the property
uninhabitable. If necessary, an inspection can be carried out following receipt of
the above information. If the property was undergoing renovations during the
years 2009 – 2013, evidence to support this, in the form of receipts, photographs,
etc, should be submitted.
The Council reserves the right to seek further clarification should the need
We'd have no issue with them inspecting it. In fact we applied for PP for a change of use in 2009 with photographs of the outside all boarded up. This might help. It would all be on record with SDCC.