Cork City Council Boundary Extension 2019

On May 31, Cork City will grow to nearly five times its current size taking in areas including Douglas, Rochestown, Ballincollig, Blarney and Glanmire. As part of this planned expansion,  the population of the city will grow by 85,000 to 210,000.

The increase in size of the City will allow Cork City Council to take a take a lead role in driving the growth of the city and metropolitan region – driving improvements in investment, public transport, infrastructure and housing.

The Local Government Act 2019 provides the legislative basis for the expansion of the administrative area of Cork City Council.  The legislation can be read here.

The Local Government Act 2019 established the Cork Boundary Alteration Implementation Oversight Committee (oversight committee). Section 19 requires the oversight committee to make an Implementation Plan setting out the matters to be addressed by the two local authorities in order to achieve the timely, effective and equitable implementation of the boundary alteration to the administrative areas of Cork City and County Councils.

This Implementation Plan sets out the principles and methodologies to be used during the implementation process, and defines a timetable for the implementation of the actions required to deliver the new arrangements.  The Implementation Plan can be read here.

Staff at Cork City Council are working with Cork County Council to ensure that the transition of public services is as efficient and as seamless as possible. With time, a bigger Cork City will also provide us with scope to further improve and expand our services to the public.  

For queries in relation to the Cork City Boundary Extension, please email

Click here for a map showing the extent of the boundary extension.

A joint newsletter from Cork City and Cork County Council was issued to all 35,000 households in the transfer area in early April.  A copy of this newsletter is shown in the 'Related File(s)' section below.  This newsletter is available in both English and Irish.