Derelict Sites Enforcement

Local authorities may take action against owners or occupiers of neglected, unsightly or littered properties.

Carlow County Council is responsible for dealing with derelict sites.

Derelict sites can have a detrimental impact on the social, economic, commercial and visual aspects on the surrounding neighbourhood. It is important that they are reported, investigated and rendered non-derelict.

The Local Authority also keeps a register of derelict sites including valuations.

Derelict Sites Register

A full copy of the Derelict Sites Register is available for viewing at the link below. 

What is a derelict site?

  • Legally a derelict site means any land which detracts, or is likely to detract, to a material degree, from the amenity, character or appearance of land in the neighbourhood of the land in questions because of the following. 
  • The existence on the land in question of structures which are in a ruinous, derelict or dangerous condition.
  • The neglected, unsightly or objectionable condition of the land or any structures on the land in question.
  • The presence, deposit or collection on the land in question, of any litter, rubbish, debris or waste, except where the presence, deposit or collection of such litter, rubbish, debris or waste results from the exercise of a right conferred by statute or by common law. 

What if my property is a derelict site?

You are required by law to make sure your property does not become derelict or you may become liable for prosecution by your local authority. 

Carlow County Council will advise you through a series of statutory notices on what action is needed and whether the local authority intends to carry out the necessary works on your site or if your property is being added to the Derelict Sites Register. If so, a fee may be levied.

In some cases a compulsory purchase may be pursued.

Under the Derelict Sites Act, 1990 it is an offence to:

  • Remove, damage or deface a notice posted by the local authority regarding a derelict site.
  • Fail to carry out the measures required by the local authority to prevent a property from being classed as derelict within an allotted time.
  • Fail to notify the local authority of the transfer of land or interest in land (other than by will or on an intestacy) from one person to another. Both parties must notify the local authority in writing within four weeks of the transfer.
  • Fail to notify the local authority of the transfer of land or interest in land by will or on an intestacy. The new owner must notify the local authority in writing within six months and the representative of the person under whose will or upon whose intestacy the transfer occurred must notify the local authority in writing within two months.
  • Prevent an authorised person from entering or carrying out authorised business on the derelict site. The owner can make statutory submissions or responses regarding the notices they receive. However you are advised to contact the Department directly to discuss issues as they arise and reach a solution.

How do I provide information on a derelict site in my area?

If you wish to speak to somebody about a derelict site in your area please contact 

Town & County Regeneration Office, 

Carlow County Council,
County Buildings, 
Athy Road, 

Phone: 059 9170300

Thanking you in advance for your support as we try to address dereliction, vacancy and re-use in your area.