The registration page asks if you want to sign up as a standard subscriber or as a business. If you want to try out the Business Account, you will have complete access to the service throughout the course of the first 60 days. You do not need to provide any card details to sign up for the 60 day trial. After 60 days you have the choice to upgrade to a paid plan. If you don't then you'll simply fall back to the free viewer plan (i.e., no alerts issued).
Subscriptions are charged over a 12 month period. For Subscriber accounts, this means you will pay €1.99 * 12 months. Businesses pay €35 * 12 months. While it would be nice to charge on a monthly basis, it isn't practical from a billing and administrative point of view.
Each account type (free, paid subscriber and business) includes a self-service feature to close and permanently delete the account. This takes a few seconds to carry out. Once an account deletion is triggered it cannot be restored.
You are mostly paying for convenience. PlanningAlerts.ie offers a huge time saving experience if you have a regular interest in Irish planning applications. Sure, while this data is publicly available elsewhere (e.g. Council sites), it is sometimes difficult to digest, search and understand. Many Councils wil simply publish their data on their website whereas PlanningAlerts.ie allows you to get notifications when something happens that impacts you. In other words, we do all the searching and filtering on your behalf and we get in touch when you need to know about a specific planning application and this is very convenient if you otherwise search planning registers each week.
Businesses are the primary paid user of PlanningAlerts.ie and they sign up for a dedicated planning information service that comes with a variety of professional features (see the business page for details).
Yes. VAT is charged at the standard rate and businesses can claim this back. Business account holders can provide their company information within their account profile to ensure their invoices are complete. Invoices can be exported & printed from within the account area for all account holders.