Carlow County Council offices on the Athy Road
The Vacant Site Levy won't be collected in Carlow until 2020 "at the earliest", Carlow County Council have confirmed.
The levy is payable in arrears each year beginning in 2019. For 2018, the levy is 3% of the site’s market value — however, under Budget 2018, it is now to be increased to 7% for 2019.
There are currently ten sites listed on the Carlow register.
Council officials told members at this month's full meeting that it would be 2020 at the "very earliest" before the tariff will be collected.
The reason is due the process of getting a site on to the register with six sites on it now under appeal.
A vacant site levy was established under the Urban Regeneration & Housing Act 2015. This levy is a site activation measure, to ensure that vacant land in urban areas is brought into beneficial use.
A site entered on the register is subject to the vacant site levy, payable in arrears each year beginning in 2019.
The levy is payable on demand within two months, though arrangements may be made for the payment of the levy by the owner of the site by instalments.
If not paid, the levy shall be recoverable as a simple contract debt through the Courts. Any levy due will remain to be a charge on the land until paid.