South Dublin County Council

Development Contributions

Sub-section (1) of Section 48 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended) enables a planning authority, when granting a planning permission under Section 34 of the Act, to include conditions requiring the payment of a contribution.  This contribution is in respect of public infrastructure and facilities benefiting development in the area of the planning authority and that is provided, or that is intended will be provided, by or on behalf of the local authority (regardless of other sources of funding for the infrastructure and facilities).

Section 48 also requires that the basis for the determination of a contribution shall be set out in a development contribution scheme made under the section. A scheme may make provision for payment of different contributions in respect of different classes or descriptions of development and due to decreases/increases in prices, shall allow for annual updates during the life of the scheme.