Wednesday July 15, 2020

Vacant site registers not being run by many councils despite housing need

Some local authorities have thousands of people on waiting lists for housing but have failed to use the levy for hoarding empty land to encourage new builds

Killian Woods

Business reporter

18th June, 2020
The vacant site levy was introduced to encourage the development of new housing but is not being implemented by several local authorities. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/

Several local authorities are not properly operating vacant site registers despite having housing waiting lists with hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of people.

The vacant site levy was introduced in 2017 to encourage owners of idle land which could be used for housing to either develop or sell their property. The levy commenced as a 3 per cent charge which has since risen to 7 per cent.

A report by the Oireachtas Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) showed...

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