Dublin City Council’s Vacant Sites Register Published
In the last few days, Dublin City Council has published its Vacant Sites Register, identifying 25 such sites.
Following the enactment of the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act, 2015, all local authorities are obliged to establish, publish and maintain a Vacant Sites Register.
The 25 sites have an estimated combined value of over €65 million. While the Register is primarily comprised of sites in private ownership, it does include three sites owned by the City Council and two by the Office of Public Works. Sites on the Register will be liable for a vacant sites levy, to be formally introduced in 2018. The levy has been set at 3% of the market value of the site.
An appeals process is available whereby owners of sites may request that An Bord Pleanála review a decision to include a site on a Vacant Sites Register.