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Derelict sites

Derelict sites can have a detrimental impact on the social, economic, commercial and visual aspects on the surrounding neighbourhood. It is important that they are reported, investigated and rendered non-derelict.

The Derelict Sites Act requires that the owner and occupier of land ensure that the land or structures do not become or do not continue to be a derelict site.

The Act defines a Derelict Site as any land which detracts, or is likely to detract, to a material degree from the amenity, character or appearance of land in the neighbourhood of the land in question because of;

  • structures which are in a ruinous, derelict or dangerous condition, or
  • the neglected, unsightly or objectionable condition of the land or structures, or
  • the presence, deposit or collection of litter, rubbish, debris or waste.

The Act imposes duties on the Local Authority to:

  •  Maintain a Derelict Sites Register.
  •  Make the Register available for public inspection.
  •  Serve a Notice on the owner/occupier specifying works to be carried out to prevent or stop dereliction.
  •  Acquire by agreement or compulsorily any derelict site.
  • Impose an annual levy on any derelict site in an urban area, based on 3% of its valuation.

Reports of dereliction are investigated, the ownership is established and the owner is written to. If you have a query relating to a Derelict site please contact the relevant Municipal District. Athlone Municipal District: 090 644 2150; Mullingar Municipal District: 044 933 2021. A copy of the Derelict Sites Register is available to view at the Council Offices.

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