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Development Contributions

Meath County Development Contribution Scheme 2016-2021

Section 48 of the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2015 as amended empowers the respective authorities when granting planning permission to include conditions requiring the payment of a financial contribution in respect of public infrastructure and facilities benefiting development in the area of the Planning Authority that is provided, or that is intended to be provided, by or on behalf of the Local Authority.

The new Meath County Development Contribution Scheme 2016 – 2021 was adopted by the Council at its meeting on 7th December, 2015.  The Scheme shall have effect from 1st January, 2016 Meath County Development Contribution Scheme 2016 – 2021.pdf

For permissions granted after 1st January 2010 and commenced after 1st March 2013 a 10% reduction is offered where development contributions are paid in full within 28 days from the date of issue of the invoice.

NOTE:  The Urban Regeneration & Housing Act 2015 provides that where a new Development Contribution Scheme is adopted by the Planning Authority and provides for reduced development contributions compared to those which were in place under the previous Development Contribution Scheme, the reduced development contributions under the newly adopted Scheme shall have retrospective effect for existing planning permissions that have yet to submit a Commencement Notice. 

The Act also provides that where there are unsold units in a development, the new lower Development Contribution Scheme shall apply to the unsold units. Meath County Council will apply the Urban Regeneration & Housing Act where applicable.

Supplementary Development Contribution Schemes

Under Section 49 of the Act, a Planning Authority may, when granting permission include conditions requiring the payment of a contribution in respect of any public infrastructure service or project specified in a “Supplementary Development Contribution Scheme” that will benefit the development to which the planning permission relates.  Meath County Council has adopted Supplementary Development Contribution Schemes for the following projects:

Supplementary Development Contribution Scheme Navan-Dublin Rail Line pdf, 29kb

Supplementary Development Contribution Scheme Navan-Dublin Rail Line Map pdf, 418kb

Supplementary Development Contribution Scheme Kells Backlands pdf, 1,138kb


Irish Water is now the Competent Authority for the provision of Water and Waste Water Services

It should be noted that any grant of planning permission which issues from the 1st January, 2014
shall not include a condition requiring the payment of a development contribution to Meath County
Council, in respect of the provision of water or waste water services.

Payment shall be made directly to Irish Water who will confirm under separate cover the connection fee payable.

Please see below attachments for further information:

Transfer of Water Service Functions to Irish Water: Planning Issues pdf, 102kb

Public Water and Waste Water Networks - Grants of Planning Permission from 1/1/2014 pdf, 72kb

A Guide to Calculate Development Contribution rates for building a dwelling(s) or commercial, industrial and agricultural developments

  • Open the excel spreadsheet below  
  • Enter in the number of units to be built under the various floor area(s) for the proposed dwelling(s)   
  • Multi Tab: click on the corresponding tab for the development type you wish to calculate. Enter in the floor area rounded off to the nearest square metre. Enter in the number of units of this floor size. The total will appear at the top. This total will also appear in the first tab I,e, the summary page and will give a final total of development levies due.

Note: This is for approximate calculation purposes only, and is not an official calculation. For an official calculation, please contact 046-9097500

Development Contribution Schemes 2016-2021 Ready Reckoner 2016.xls