What are they?
Development Contributions are fees that a successful applicant for planning permission is required to pay prior to commencing work on his/her development. They are placed as conditions on grants of planning permission and are a contribution to the Council towards the cost of the public infrastructure necessary to facilitate the permitted development. So contributions will be levied for roads, community (towards community services provided or subsidised by the Council), public sewerage, (where you are availing of it) and public water (where you are availing of it).
The amounts of the contributions applied on all the different types/sizes/locations of developments, are described in the Council’s Development Contribution Scheme 2007 . If you are building a house you will note that the amount applied is linked to the size of your house. For example if you are building a house which is of a size less than 150m2 in Gorey town using the public mains, you will pay a contribution of €1,400 towards the public water supply. However, a house in the same area which is of a size in excess of 220m2 will have a water contribution levied of €2,400.
I’m only building an extension – do I have to pay?
Under the current scheme there are no contributions payable on house extensions.
Who decides the Development Contribution Scheme?
The scheme is agreed by the members of the Council i.e. the Councillors after a period of public consultation. Please click here for further details on the process involved in adopting a Development Contribution Scheme.
Who do I contact for information on the contributions levied on my planning?
The Enforcement Section of Planning and Development deals with development contributions. You may contact this section at 053 9176518
- Wexford County Council Development Contributions Scheme 2007 (PDF Document, 106 KB)
- Wexford Borough Council Development Contribution Scheme (PDF Document, 106 KB)