Development Contribution Scheme Payments

Development Contributions

The Planning & Development Act, 2000-2010 (As Amended) provides for the Development Contributions Scheme whereby a Planning Authority may, when granting a permission under Section 34, include conditions for requiring the payment of a contribution in respect of public infrastructure and facilities benefiting development in the area of the Planning Authority and that is provided, or that it is intended will be provided, by or on behalf of a Local Authority”.

The Limerick City Council Development Contribution Scheme 2011 (As Amended, 6th October 2010) (2,544 Kb)  is made pursuant to Section 48 of the Planning & Development Act 2000, and indicates the financial contributions, which Limerick City Council may include as conditions of planning permission in respect of specific infrastructure and facilities benefiting development in the area which Limerick City Council have already provided or that it is intended to be provided by or on behalf of Limerick City Council.   

Special Contribution Scheme

A Special Contribution Scheme may be imposed on a development where exceptional costs not covered by the General Development Contribution Scheme are incurred by the Local Authority in the provision of a specific public infrastructure and facilities which benefit the proposed development. 

Any works not commenced within five years or completed within seven years of receipt of payment will result in the Applicant being refunded in full or part, the Special Contribution Levy. 

Supplementary Development Contribution Scheme

This scheme refers to the provision of a particular public infrastructure service or project which will directly benefit the development(s) concerned and is not covered by the General Development Contribution Scheme.  This scheme may only be applied to a specified area within the functional area of the Planning Authority and the making of a Supplementary Development Contribution Scheme is a reserved function of the Members of the Local Authority.  

Exemptions

There are a number of specific exemptions that the Development Contribution Scheme does not apply to:

(1) Limerick City Council in recognition of the valuable contribution provided by community initiatives and voluntary organizations will not seek to recover development contributions where it considers such projects fall within the ambit of Article 157 of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001.
(2) Limerick City Council will not seek to recover development contributions in respect of social housing units provided by voluntary or co-operative Housing Bodies or under Part V of the Planning & Development Act 2001-2010 (As Amended). 
(3) Where a planning application consists of or comprises of development which, in the opinion of the Planning Authority, is development proposed to be carried out by or on behalf of a voluntary organization, and which is the opinion of the Planning Authority: 

  • is designed or intended to be used for social, recreational, educational or religious purposes by the inhabitants of a locality, or by people of a particular group or religious denomination, and is not used mainly for profit or gain;
  • is designed or intended to be used as a work-shop, training facility, childcare facility, drug treatment/rehabilitation facilities, hostel or other accommodation for the elderly, disabled or persons with mental health issues and is not to be used mainly for profit or gain, or
  • is ancillary to development referred to previous bullet points.

 

Last update:22/06/2011

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