Thursday August 6, 2020

State ‘should tax vacant sites properly’, says top civil servant

Killian Woods

Business reporter

6th October, 2019
Senior civil servant Robert Watt

Senior civil servant Robert Watt has said the state is not taxing vacant land properly, and advocated for an increase in building height guidelines.

The Vacant Sites Register, introduced in 2015, was designed to encourage owners of idle land suitable for housing to either develop or sell the property or face fines.

Despite the measures in place, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform secretary general Watt told last week’s Construction Industry Federation (CIF) conference that unused...

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