Almost €20m in vacant and derelict site levies owed to Dublin City Council

Bill of €16 million in vacant site levies and €3.5 million for derelict sites outstanding

Almost €20 million in vacant and derelict site levies owed to Dublin City Council remain outstanding.

The outstanding amounts relate to the years 2018, 2019 and 2020. The total amount of vacant site levies was €17,145,650 with just €1,105,450 paid, leaving an outstanding bill of €16,040,200.

The vacant site levy is currently 7 per cent of market value of the site since 2019 – prior to this it was 3 per cent.

In 2020 just €275,450 was paid in vacant levies when €10.8 million was demanded, while in 2019 €4.8 million was due with just €247,100 paid and in 2018 €582,900 was paid from a bill of €1.47 million.

At the first monthly meeting of Dublin City Council this year, the outstanding levies were revealed by management following questions from Independent Cllr John Lyons.

With respect to the derelict site levy the total amount of levies outstanding stands at €3.5 million out of a total of €4.7 million. The derelict site levy is currently 7 per cent of market value since 2020 – prior to then it was 3 per cent.

Outstanding levies attract interest at the rate of 1.25 per cent per month. Outstanding levies, including interest, automatically become a charge on the land and will remain a charge on the land until all have been paid.

The largest outstanding levy is for almost €1 million for a factory site in Dublin 20.

Levies apply with effect from January 1st of the next financial year following entry of a site on the register for the full previous calendar year. That means a site will be liable for payment the year following its registration as vacant or derelict.