20 Aug 2022

Over €2.7m in unpaid development levies owed by debtors to Carlow County Council

Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, provided the figures

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Development contributions are levied as conditions attached to planning permissions

Over €2.7m in unpaid development levies was owed by debtors to Carlow County Council, according to figures up to the end of 2016, the Minister for Housing confirmed earlier this year. 

Development contributions are levied as conditions attached to planning permissions and are payable prior to commencement of development or as otherwise agreed by the local authority. 

Local authorities may facilitate the phased payment of contributions, such as when units are completed or when a stage is reached in the development.

Fianna Fáil's Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount of unpaid development levies due by local authority. 

In a written response, Minister Eoghan Murphy said: "Local authorities operate on an accrual accounting basis and recognise income and expenditure as incurred relating to the period it falls due, regardless of the cash transactions.

"Note 5 of the Local Authorities' Annual Financial Statements (AFS) shows short-term current debtors gross of any bad debt provisions.

"The bad debt provisions are reported within note 5 and are deducted from gross current debtors but do not provide a breakdown that identifies the element relating to current development contribution debtors.

"The reporting of long-term development contribution debtors and deferred income in respect of development contributions was amended with effect from AFS 2016 so they are no longer shown separately."

He provided figures on the Current Development Levy debtors' balances, gross of any provision for bad debts, for the financial year ending 31/12/2016, which is the most recent year for which full audited figures were available. 

The figures showed that Carlow's local authority Development Levy Debtors' balances as of the end of 2016 stood at a total of €2,732,339. 

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