Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016


Number 17 of 2016


PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT (HOUSING) AND RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 2016

REVISED

Updated to 1 January 2019


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including Central Bank (National Claims Information Database) Act 2018 (42/2018), enacted 27 December 2018, and all statutory instruments up to and including Criminal Justice (Suspended Sentences of Imprisonment) Act 2017 (Commencement) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 1 of 2019), made 3 January 2019, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

Disclaimer: While every care has been taken in the preparation of this Revised Act, the Law Reform Commission can assume no responsibility for and give no guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up to date nature of the information provided and does not accept any liability whatsoever arising from any errors or omissions. Please notify any errors, omissions and comments by email to

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Number 17 of 2016


PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT (HOUSING) AND RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 2016

REVISED

Updated to 1 January 2019


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment, and preserves the format in which it was passed.

Related legislation

Local Government Acts 1925 to 2016 : this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation, to be construed together as one ( Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (17/2016), s. 1(2)(c)). The Acts in this group are:

Local Government Act 1925 (5/1925)

Local Government Act 1927 (3/1927)

Local Government Act 1941 (23/1941)

Local Government Act 1946 (24/1946)

Local Government Act 1955 (9/1955)

Local Government (No. 2) Act 1960 (40/1960)

Local Government (Buncrana) Act 1968 (2/1968)

Local Government (Rateability of Rents) (Abolition) Act 1971 (15/1971), in so far as it amends the Local Government Acts 1925 to 1968

Local Government (Financial Provisions) Act 1978 (35/1978)

Local Government (Financial Provisions) Act 1983 (10/1983)

Local Government (Financial Provisions) (No. 2) Act 1983 (21/1983)

Local Government (Reorganisation) Act 1985 (7/1985)

Local Government Act 1991 (11/1991)

Local Government Act 1994 (8/1994)

Local Government (Financial Provisions) Act 1997 (29/1997)

Local Government Act 1998 (16/1998)

Local Government (Financial Provisions) Act 2000 (6/2000)

Local Government Act 2001 (37/2001), other than ss. 163, 164 and 211 and Parts 23 and 24

Local Government Act 2003 (8/2003)

Local Government (No.2) Act 2003 (17/2003)

Electoral (Amendment) Act 2004 (15/2004), s. 34

Local Government (Business Improvement Districts) Act 2006 (42/2006), ss. 2 to 7

Water Services Act 2007 (30/2007), ss. 1(7), 13 and 115

Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Act 2007 (39/2007), Part 3

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2012 (17/2012), Part 4

Electoral, Local Government and Planning and Development Act 2013 (27/2013), Part 9

Local Government Reform Act 2014 (1/2014), other than ss. 1(3)-(8), 5(3)-(5) and sch. 2

Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 (21/2014), s. 57

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (16/2016), ss. 1(2)(c) and 52

Acts previously included in the group but now repealed are:

Local Government (Amendment) Act 1930 (26/1930)

Local Government Act 1931 (19/1931)

Local Government Act 1933 (5/1933)

Local Government (Amendment) Act 1934 (5/1934)

Local Government (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1934 (44/1934)

Local Government Act 1936 (46/1936)

Local Government (Amendment) Act 1939 (9/1939)

Local Government Act 1953 (12/1953)

Local Government Act 1958 (9/1958)

Local Government Act 1959 (10/1959)

Local Government Act 1960 (23/1960)

Local Government (Roads and Motorways) Act 1974 (6/1974)

Local Government (Toll Roads) Act 1979(34/1979)

Local Government Act 2000 (25/2000)

Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2018 : this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation, to be construed together as one ( Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 1(2)). The Acts in this group are:

Planning and Development Act 2000 (30/2000)

Local Government Act 2001 (37/2001), ss. 2, 5(3) and sch. 4 (in so far as they relate to the Act of 2000) and s. 247

Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2002 (32/2002), Parts 2 and 3

Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 (43/2004), s. 2

Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006 (27/2006)

Water Services Act 2007 (30/2007), ss. 1(6) and 114

Harbours (Amendment) Act 2009 (26/2009), ss. 7(1) and (2) and 21(3)

Compulsory Purchase Orders (Extension of Time Limits) Act 2010 (17/2010)

Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010 (30/2010), other than Part 3

Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 (20/2011), Part 5

Electoral, Local Government and Planning and Development Act 2013 (27/2013), Part 8

Local Government Reform Act 2014 (1/2014), ss. 1(8), 5(7) and sch. 2 part 4

Urban Regeneration and Housing Act 2015 (33/2015)

Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2015 (63/2015)

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (17/2016), other than s. 1(2)(b) and (c), Parts 3 to 5 and sch.

Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2017 (20/2017)

Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (20/2018), other than Part 4 and sch. 3, ref. nos. 12-18

Residential Tenancies Acts 2004 to 2016 : this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation, to be construed together as one ( Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (17/2016), s. 1(2)(b)). The Acts in this group are:

Residential Tenancies Act 2004 (27/2004)

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2009 (2/2009)

Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (22/2009), ss. 1 (in so far as it relates to s. 100) and 100

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015 (42/2015), other than ss. 1(3), 15, 85 and 87

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (17/2016), s. 1(2)(b), Part 3 and sch.

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

An explanation of how to read annotations is available at

www.lawreform.ie/annotations.

Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available.

Where legislation or a fragment of legislation is referred to in annotations, changes to this legislation or fragment may not be reflected in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the legislation referred to if one is available.

A list of legislative changes to any Act, and to statutory instruments from 1979, may be found linked from the page of the Act or statutory instrument at

www.irishstatutebook.ie.

Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018)

Domestic Violence Act 2018 (6/2018)

Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2017 (20/2017)

All Acts up to and including Central Bank (National Claims Information Database) Act 2018 (42/2018), enacted 27 December 2018, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Section 27) (Commencement) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 588 of 2018)

European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018)

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 266 of 2018)

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Commencement of Section 49) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 590 of 2017)

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Commencement of Section 28(2)) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 341 of 2017)

Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 271 of 2017)

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Commencement of Certain Provisions)(No. 3) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 270 of 2017)

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) (No. 2) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 31 of 2017)

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 7 of 2017)

All statutory instruments up to and including Criminal Justice (Suspended Sentences of Imprisonment) Act 2017 (Commencement) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 1 of 2019), made 3 January 2019, were considered in the preparation of this revision.


Number 17 of 2016


PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT (HOUSING) AND RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 2016

REVISED

Updated to 1 January 2019


CONTENTS

PART 1

Preliminary and General

Section

1. Short title, collective citation, construction and commencement

2. Definitions (general)

PART 2

Planning and Development

Chapter 1

Strategic Housing Developments

3. Definitions (Chapter 1)

4. Strategic housing developments and planning applications

5. Request for consultations before making application under section 4

6. Consideration of request under section 5 by Board and consultations

7. Requests to Board after consultation meeting has been held

8. Requirements relating to application for permission under section 4

9. Decisions by Board on applications under section 4

10. Supplemental provisions to section 9

11. Strategic Housing Division

12. Regulations (sections 4 to 10)

13. Construction of section 2 (interpretation) of Act of 2000 during specified period

14. Construction of section 41 (power to vary appropriate period) of Act of 2000 during specified period

15. Construction of section 96 (provision of social and affordable housing, etc.) of Act of 2000 during specified period

16. Construction of section 104 (Board to consist of chairperson and 7 other members) of Act of 2000 during specified period

17. Construction of section 125 (appeals, referrals and applications with which the Board is concerned) of Act of 2000 during specified period

18. Construction of section 134 (oral hearings of appeals, referrals and applications) of Act of 2000 during specified period

19. Construction of section 144 (fees payable to Board) of Act of 2000 during specified period

20. Construction of section 172 (requirement for environmental impact statement) of Act of 2000 during specified period

21. Construction of section 174 (transboundary environmental impacts) of Act of 2000 during specified period

22. Construction of sections 176A, 176B and 176C (screening for environmental impact assessment) of Act of 2000 during specified period

23. Construction of section 177R (interpretation) of Act of 2000 during specified period

24. Construction of section 191 (right to compensation) of Act of 2000 during specified period

25. Construction of the Fourth Schedule (reasons for the refusal of permission which exclude compensation) to Act of 2000 during specified period

25A. Construction of Fifth Schedule (conditions which may be imposed, on the granting of permission to develop land, without compensation) to Act of 2000 during specified period

Chapter 2

Environmental impact assessment - screening

26. Screening for environmental impact assessment (Repealed)

27. Consequential amendments (Chapter 2) to Act of 2000

Chapter 3

Miscellaneous constructions and amendments to Planning and Development Act 2000

28. Amendment, etc., of section 42 (power to extend appropriate period) of Act of 2000

29. Amendment of section 179 (local authority own development) of Act of 2000

PART 3

Amendments to Residential Tenancies Act 2004

30. Definition (Part 3)

31. Amendment of section 3 (application of Act) of Act of 2004

32. Amendment of section 4 (interpretation generally) of Act of 2004

33. Amendment of section 12 (obligations of landlords) of Act of 2004

34. Amendment of section 19 (setting of rent above market rent prohibited) of Act of 2004

35. Amendment of section 22 (tenant to be notified of new rent) of Act of 2004

36. Rent pressure zones and areas deemed to be rent pressure zones

37. Part 4 tenancies and extension of period from 4 years to 6 years

38. Amendment of section 34 (grounds for termination by landlord) of Act of 2004

39. Amendment of section 35 (Table to section 34: interpretation and supplemental) of Act of 2004

40. Restriction on termination of certain tenancies by landlords

41. Repeal of section 42 (termination of additional rights) of Act of 2004, transitional provisions and consequential amendments

42. Amendment of section 62 (requirements for a valid notice of termination) of Act of 2004

43. Amendment of section 100 (appeal to Tribunal against adjudicator’s determination) of Act of 2004

44. Amendment of section 103 (membership of Tribunal, etc.) of Act of 2004

45. Amendment of section 104 (determination of disputes by Tribunal: procedures generally) of Act of 2004

46. Publication of certain statistics by Board

47. Amendment of section 115 (redress that may be granted on foot of determination) of Act of 2004

48. Amendment of section 121 (determination orders) of Act of 2004 and consequential amendments

49. Amendment of section 124 (enforcement of determination orders) of Act of 2004

50. Amendment of section 151 (functions of Board) of Act of 2004

PART 4

Amendments to Housing Finance Agency Act 1981

51. Amendments to Housing Finance Agency Act 1981

PART 5

Amendments to Local Government Act 1998

52. Amendments to Local Government Act 1998

SCHEDULE

Consequential Amendments to Residential Tenancies Act 2004

PART 1

Amendments relating to Amendment of section 28 of Act of 2004

PART 2

Amendments relating to repeal of section 42 of Act of 2004

PART 3

Amendments relating to the Board and the Director



Number 17 of 2016


PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT (HOUSING) AND RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 2016

REVISED

Updated to 1 January 2019


An Act to facilitate the implementation of the document entitled “Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness” that was published by the Government on 19 July 2016, and for that and other purposes to amend the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2015, the Residential Tenancies Acts 2004 to 2015 and the Housing Finance Agency Act 1981, to amend the Local Government Act 1998 in relation to the Local Government Fund and to provide for connected matters.

[23 rd December, 2016]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows:

Annotations:

Modifications (not altering text):

C1

Rights under collectively cited Residential Tenancies Acts not affected in certain circumstances (1.01.2019) by Domestic Violence Act 2018 (6/2018), s. 32, S.I. No. 532 of 2018.

Orders not to affect rights under certain enactments or estate or interest

32. (1) Where, by reason only of an interim barring order, emergency barring order or a barring order, a person is not residing at a place during any period, that person shall be deemed, for the purposes of any rights under the Statutes of Limitations, the Landlord and Tenant Acts 1967 to 2008, the Housing (Private Rented Dwellings) Acts 1982 and 1983 and the Residential Tenancies Acts 2004 to 2015, to be residing at that place during that period.

(2) Except in so far as the exercise by a respondent of a right to occupy the place to which a barring order, an interim barring order or an emergency barring order relates is suspended by virtue of the order, that order shall not affect any estate or interest in that place of that respondent or any other person.

PART 1

Preliminary and General

1.

Short title, collective citation, construction and commencement

1. (1) This Act may be cited as the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016.

(2) (a) The Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2015, and this Act, other than paragraphs (b) and (c), Parts 3 to 5 and the Schedule , may be cited together as the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2016 and shall be construed together as one.

(b) The Residential Tenancies Acts 2004 to 2015, this paragraph, Part 3 and the Schedule may be cited together as the Residential Tenancies Acts 2004 to 2016 and shall be construed together as one.

(c) The Local Government Acts 1925 to 2014, section 57 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014, this paragraph and section 52 may be cited together as the Local Government Acts 1925 to 2016 and shall be construed together as one.

(3) (a) Subject to paragraphs (b) and (c), this Act comes into operation on such day or days as the Minister may appoint by order or orders either generally or with reference to any particular purpose or provision and different days may be so appointed for different purposes or different provisions.

(b) Sections 33 to 37 , sections 46 , 47 and 50 come into operation on the day following the passing of this Act.

(c) Part 5 comes into operation on the passing of this Act.

Annotations:

Editorial Notes:

E1

Power pursuant to subs. (3)(a) exercised (1.01.2019) by Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Section 27) (Commencement) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 588 of 2018).

2. The 1st day of January 2019 is appointed to be the day on which section 27 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (No. 17 of 2016) shall come into operation.

E2

Power pursuant to subs. (3) exercised (23.07.2018) by Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 266 of 2018).

2. The 23rd day of July 2018 is appointed as the day on which the following provisions of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (No. 17 of 2016) come into operation:

(a) section 48;

(b) Part 3 of the Schedule.

E3

Power pursuant to section exercised (19.12.2017) by Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Commencement of Section 49) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 590 of 2017).

2. The 19th day of December 2017 is appointed as the day on which section 49 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (No. 17 of 2016) comes into operation.

E4

Power pursuant to section exercised (9.08.2017) by Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Commencement of Section 28(2)) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 341 of 2017).

2. The 9th day of August 2017 is appointed as the day on which subsection (2) (as amended by section 1 of the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2017 (No. 20 of 2017)) of section 28 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (No. 17 of 2016) comes into operation.

E5

Power pursuant to section exercised (3.07.2017) by Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) (No. 3) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 270 of 2017).

2. The 3rd day of July 2017 is appointed as the day on which the following provisions of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (No. 17 of 2016) come into operation:

( a) in Chapter 1 of Part 2—

(i) section 3, to the extent that it has not already been commenced,

(ii) sections 4 to 18,

(iii) section 19, to the extent that it has not already been commenced, and

(iv) sections 20 to 25;

( b) in Chapter 3 of Part 2, section 29;

( c) Part 4 (section 51).

E6

Power pursuant to section exercised (2.02.2017) by Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) (No. 2) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 31 of 2017).

2. The day after the making of this Order is appointed as the day on which—

( a) section 19 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (No. 17 of 2016) comes into operation in so far as it relates to the requirements of section 144 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (No. 30 of 2000) in determining and giving notice of fees payable to the Board in respect of matters relating to proposed strategic housing developments, and

( b) so much of section 3 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 comes into operation as may be necessary for the purpose of enabling paragraph ( a) to have effect.

E7

Power pursuant to section exercised (17.01.2017) by Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 7 of 2017).

2. The 17th day of January 2017 is appointed as the day on which the following provisions of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (No. 17 of 2016) come into operation:

( a) in so far as it is not already in operation, Part 1;

( b) in so far as it is not already in operation, Part 3, other than sections 44, 45, 48 and 49, and the Schedule, other than Part 3.

2.

Definitions (general)

2. In this Act—

“Act of 2000” means the Planning and Development Act 2000;

“Minister” means the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

PART 2

Planning and Development

Chapter 1

Strategic Housing Developments

3.

Definitions ( Chapter 1)

3. In this Chapter—

“consultation meeting” means a meeting to which section 6(5) relates;

F1 [ gross floor space means the area ascertained by the internal measurement of the floor space on each floor of a building (including internal walls and partitions), disregarding any floor space provided for the parking of vehicles by persons occupying or using the building or buildings where such floor space is incidental to the primary purpose of the building; ]

“prospective applicant” means a person who—

(a) is the owner of the land concerned, or

(b) has the written consent of the owner to make an application under section 4 in respect of that land,

and who intends to apply for permission under that section in respect of that land;

F1 [ shared accommodation means a building or part thereof used for the provision of residential accommodation consisting of

(a) communal living and kitchen facilities and amenities shared by the residents, and

(b) bedrooms rented by the residents,

but does not include student accommodation or a building, or part thereof, used for the provision of accommodation to tourists or visitors; ]

“specified period” means—

(a) the period from the commencement of this provision until 31 December 2019, and

(b) any additional period as may be provided for by the Minister by order under section 4(2) ;

“strategic housing development” means—

(a) the development of 100 or more houses on land zoned for residential use or for a mixture of residential and other uses,

(b) the development of student accommodation units which, when combined, contain 200 or more bed spaces, on land the zoning of which facilitates the provision of student accommodation or a mixture of student accommodation and other uses thereon,

F1 [ (ba) development

(i) consisting of shared accommodation units that, when combined, contain 200 or more bed spaces, and

(ii) on land the zoning of which facilitates the provision of shared accommodation or a mixture of shared accommodation thereon and its application for other uses, ]

F2 [ (c) development that contains developments of the type to which all of the foregoing paragraphs, or any two of the foregoing paragraphs, apply, or ]

(d) the alteration of an existing planning permission granted under section 34 (other than under subsection (3A)) where the proposed alteration relates to development specified in paragraph (a), (b) F1 [ , (ba) ] or (c),

each of which may include other uses on the land, the zoning of which facilitates such use, but only if—

(i) the cumulative F2 [ gross floor space ] of the F2 [ houses, student accommodation units, shared accommodation units or any combination thereof ] comprises not less than 85 per cent, or such other percentage as may be prescribed, of the gross floor space of the proposed development or the number of houses or proposed bed spaces within student accommodation F1 [ or shared accommodation ] to which the proposed alteration of a planning permission so granted relates, and

(ii) the other uses cumulatively do not exceed—

(I) 15 square metres gross floor space for each house or 7.5 square metres gross floor space for each bed space in student accommodation F2 [ or shared accommodation ] in the proposed development or to which the proposed alteration of a planning permission so granted relates, subject to a maximum of 4,500 square metres gross floor space for such other uses in any development, or

(II) such other area as may be prescribed, by reference to the number of houses or bed spaces in student accommodation F1 [ or shared accommodation ] within the proposed development or to which the proposed alteration of a planning permission so granted relates, which other area shall be subject to such other maximum area in the development as may be prescribed;

“Strategic Housing Division” means the division of the Board referred to in section 11(1) ;

“student accommodation” has the meaning provided for by section 13 .

F1 [ student accommodation

(a) means a building or part thereof used or to be used to accommodate students whether or not provided by a relevant provider (within the meaning of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 ), and that is not for use

(i) as permanent residential accommodation, or

(ii) subject to paragraph (b) , as a hotel, hostel, apart-hotel or similar type accommodation,

and

(b) includes residential accommodation that is used as tourist or visitor accommodation but only if it is so used outside of academic term times; ]

Annotations:

Amendments:

F1

Inserted (19.07.2018) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 50(1)(a), (b), (c)(i), (iii), (iv)(II), (vi), (d), commenced on enactment as per subs. (2).

F2

Substituted (19.07.2018) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 50(1)(c)(ii), (iv)(I), (v), (e), commenced on enactment as per subs. (2).

4.

Strategic housing developments and planning applications

4. (1) Subject to subsection (4), during the specified period and notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any other provision of the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2016

(a) an application for permission for a strategic housing development shall—

(i) be made to the Board under this section and not to a planning authority, other than an application for permission, the purpose of which is as set out in section 34(3A) of the Act of 2000,

(ii) be so made only where section 6(7)(b) applies or, in the case that a request is made under section 7(1) , when the Board has complied with the request pursuant to section 7(2) ,

(iii) be so made only where the applicant for permission has fulfilled the requirements set out in section 8 ,

(iv) be in such form and contain such information as is prescribed, and

(v) be accompanied by the appropriate fee,

and

(b) a copy of the application, shall be sent by the applicant to the planning authority or authorities in whose area or areas the proposed strategic housing development would be situated.

(2) (a) Not later than 30 October 2019, the Minister shall—

(i) review the operation and effectiveness of this Chapter, and

(ii) lay before each House of the Oireachtas a report of his or her conclusions from the review.

(b) The Minister may, by order made before the expiry of the specified period, extend such period during which this section shall continue to apply but—

(i) no such order shall be made before paragraph (a) has been complied with, and

(ii) any such extension shall not be made in respect of a period after 31 December 2021.

(3) Where a request was duly made under section 5(1) during the specified period in respect of a strategic housing development but any matter concerning the development to which Part 2 relates has not been completed before the end of that period, then subject to section 11(10) , the other provisions of the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2016 shall continue to apply to that matter as if the specified period had not expired.

(4) In the case of an application for permission for a strategic housing development that is located in a strategic development zone, the applicant may elect to make the application to the planning authority under section 34 of the Act of 2000 rather than under this section and, accordingly, section 170 of that Act applies to the application to which the said section 34 relates.

(5) The proposed strategic housing development shall not be carried out unless—

(a) the Board has approved it with or without modifications, or

(b) it is duly carried out consequent to an election under subsection (4).

Annotations:

Editorial Notes:

E8

Power pursuant to section exercised (3.07.2017) by Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 271 of 2017), in effect as per reg. 2.

5.

Request for consultations before making application under section 4

5.(1) Subject to subsection (2), a prospective applicant shall, before making the application in accordance with section 4(1) , make a request to the Board to enter into consultations with the Board in relation to the proposed strategic housing development and any such request shall comply with subsection (7).

(2) A prospective applicant shall, prior to making a request to the Board under subsection (1), have consulted the appropriate planning authority or authorities in whose area or areas the proposed development would be situated, comprising at least one meeting, as if the consultations with the planning authority or authorities concerned were for the purpose of making a planning application to it or to each of them, as the case may be, and for that purpose—

(a) subject to subsection (3), section 247 of the Act of 2000 applies, with any necessary modifications to those consultations, and

(b) those consultations shall have regard to so much of Part V of the Act of 2000 as would be relevant to the proposed strategic housing development.

(3) Consultations under section 247 of the Act of 2000 in relation to proposed development referred to in subsection (2) shall be held within 4 weeks of the date of receipt by the planning authority, or planning authorities, as the case may be, of a request by the prospective applicant for such a consultation, unless the prospective applicant requests that the period be extended by a specified period, in which case—

(a) the period shall be extended by the planning authority, or planning authorities, as the case may be, by such specified period upon the first such request, and

(b) the period may be extended, at the discretion of the planning authority or planning authorities, as the case may be, by such specified period upon a second or subsequent such request.

(4) The failure by a planning authority to comply with the requirement to hold a consultation meeting for the purposes of section 247 of the Act of 2000 by virtue of subsection (3) within the time limits provided for by that subsection shall not prevent the Board from proceeding under this section to deal F3 [ with the request concerned ].

(5) A request to the Board by a prospective applicant to enter into consultations with the Board shall be in writing and shall include—

(a) the following:

(i) the name and address of the prospective applicant;

(ii) a site location plan sufficient to identify the land;

(iii) a brief description of the nature and purpose of the development and of its possible effects on the environment;

(iv) a draft layout plan of the proposal;

(v) details of the pre-application consultations that have taken place with the planning authority, or planning authorities, as the case may be, under section 247 of the Act of 2000 and that may have taken place with prescribed bodies or the public;

(vi) such further information as may be prescribed;

(vii) such other information, drawings or representations as the prospective applicant may wish to provide or make available,

(b) a statement that, in the prospective applicant’s opinion, the proposal is consistent with both—

(i) subject to subsection (6), the relevant objectives of the development plan or local area plan concerned, and

(ii) relevant guidelines issued by the Minister under section 28 of the Act of 2000,

and

(c) the appropriate fee.

(6) Where the proposed strategic housing development would materially contravene the development plan or local area plan, as the case may be, other than in relation to the zoning of the land, then the statement provided for the purposes of subsection (5)(b)(i) shall indicate why, in the prospective applicant’s opinion, permission should nonetheless be granted, having regard to a consideration specified in section 37(2)(b) of the Act of 2000.

(7) (a) A request under subsection (1) shall be made by submitting it to the Board in the form of so many printed copies and copies in a machine readable form on digital devices as are prescribed, together with a separate electronic copy if prescribed;

(b) When a prospective applicant is making a request to the Board under subsection (1), he or she shall also send a copy of the request to the appropriate planning authority or authorities in whose area or areas the proposed strategic housing development would be situated. It shall be so sent in the form of so many printed copies and copies in a machine readable form on digital devices as are prescribed, together with a separate electronic copy if prescribed.

(8) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (5)(a)(vi), the matters that may be the subject of regulations under that subparagraph may include but shall not be limited to a brief description of—

(a) the proposed types of houses F4 [ , student accommodation units or shared accommodation units ] and their design, including proposed internal floor areas, housing density, plot ratio, site coverage, building heights, proposed layout and aspect,

(b) public and private open space provision, landscaping, play facilities, pedestrian permeability, vehicular access and parking provision, where relevant,

(c) the provision of ancillary services, where required, including child care facilities,

(d) any proposals to address or, where relevant, integrate the proposed development with surrounding land uses,

(e) any proposals to provide for services infrastructure (including water, wastewater and cabling, including broadband provision), and any phasing proposals,

(f) proposals under Part V of the Act of 2000, where relevant,

(g) details of protected structures or archaeological monuments included in the Record of Monuments and Places, where relevant, and

(h) any aspect of the proposed development likely to have significant effects on the environment or significant effects on a European site.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F3

Substituted (19.07.2018) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 51(1)(a), commenced on enactment as per subs. (2).

F4

Substituted (19.07.2018) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 51(1)(b)(i), commenced on enactment as per subs. (2). Note that amendment in subs. (1)(b)(ii) is not capable of being implemented as existing text to be substituted by “gross floor spaces” is “internal floor areas” and not “internal floor spaces”.

Editorial Notes:

E9

Power pursuant to section exercised (3.07.2017) by Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 271 of 2017), in effect as per reg. 2.

6.

Consideration of request under section 5 by Board and consultations

6.(1) (a) Within 2 weeks of the date of the receipt by the Board of the request of a prospective applicant under section 5(1) to enter into consultations the Board shall either—

(i) accept the request of the prospective applicant to enter into consultations where it decides that the request has complied with section 5 , including any regulations made for the purposes of subsection (5)(a)(vi) of that section, or

(ii) refuse the request of the prospective applicant to enter consultations where—

(I) the prospective applicant has not complied with subsection (2) of section 5 or paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (7) of that section, or

(II) the Board decides that the request does not include some or all of the information, statements or appropriate fee to which subsections (5) and (6) of section 5 relates.

(b) In any consultations under F5 [ under this section ], the Board may give advice to the prospective applicant regarding the procedures involved in making a planning application and in considering such an application.

(2) Where the Board refuses under subsection (1)(a)(ii) to consider a request under section 5(1) by a prospective applicant to enter into consultations within 2 weeks from the date of the receipt of the request, then the Board shall—

(a) subject to subsection (3), return to the prospective applicant concerned the copies of the request and statement submitted to it for the purposes of paragraphs (a) and (b), respectively, of section 5(5) , and

(b) give reasons for its decision to the prospective applicant.

(3) Subsection (2) is without prejudice to the Board—

(a) making a copy of the request,

(b) retaining an electronic copy of the request, or

(c) by agreement with the prospective applicant concerned, retaining the request,

submitted to the Board for the purposes of section 5(5)(a) .

(4) (a) Where subsection (1)(a)(i) applies, then within 2 weeks from the date of the receipt by the Board of the request under section 5(1) the Board shall notify in writing the prospective applicant and the appropriate planning authority or planning authorities, as the case may be—

(i) that the Board has accepted the request made under section 5(1) , and

(ii) that the Board will convene a consultation meeting between the parties so notified and the Board in the manner provided for by subsection (5) .

(b) Within 2 weeks of the date of the notification under paragraph (a), each planning authority concerned shall submit to the Board—

(i) copies of all records of the consultation or consultations held with the prospective applicant by that authority pursuant to section 5(2), and

(ii) that planning authority’s opinion in writing (including the reasons for its opinion) of what considerations, related to proper planning and sustainable development of the area concerned, may have a bearing on the Board’s decision in relation to the proposed strategic housing development, in particular, that authority’s opinion on the proposed development having regard to the provisions of the relevant development plan or local area plan, as the case may be,

and shall send to that prospective applicant copies of the records and the opinion so submitted.

(5) The Board shall convene a consultation meeting—

(a) to take place within 4 weeks of the date of the F5 [ notification under subsection (4)(a) ] , and

(b) to be attended by—

(i) (I) the prospective applicant, or one or more persons on his or her behalf, or

(II) the prospective applicant and one or more persons nominated by him or her,

(ii) the Board, and

(iii) subject to subsection (6), each planning authority in whose area the proposed strategic housing development would be situated.

(6) Each planning authority in whose area the proposed strategic housing development would be situated shall ensure that planning authority officials attending the consultation meeting on its behalf have a sufficient level of relevant knowledge and expertise in the matter concerned.

(7) Within 3 weeks of the holding, in accordance with subsection (5), of the consultation meeting or, if more than one such meeting, the last of F6 [ ] those meetings, the Board—

(a) having regard to the consultation that has taken place for the purposes of this section and the submissions under subsection (4)(b) of each planning authority concerned, shall form an opinion as to whether the documents referred to in section 5(5)

(i) constitute a reasonable basis for an application under section 4 , or

(ii) require further consideration and amendment in order to constitute a reasonable basis for an application under section 4 ,

and

(b) shall issue a notice accordingly to the prospective applicant and to the planning authority or authorities in whose area or areas the proposed strategic housing development would be situated and, where the Board is of the opinion referred to in paragraph (a)(ii), the Board shall set out in the notice its advice as to the issues that need to be addressed in the documents to which section 5(5) relates that could result in them constituting a reasonable basis for an application under section 4 .

(8) Following receipt by a prospective applicant of—

(a) a notice under subsection (7), and

(b) where either or both a determination and an opinion have been requested under section 7(1) , such a determination or opinion or both,

the prospective applicant may—

(i) subject to complying with section 8(1) proceed to apply for permission under section 4(1) , or

(ii) seek a further pre-application consultation with the Board pursuant to the provisions of this section.

(9) Neither—

(a) the holding of a consultation under this section, nor

(b) the forming of an opinion under this section,

shall prejudice the performance by the Board, or the planning authority or authorities in whose area or areas the proposed strategic housing development would be situated, of any other of their respective functions under the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2016, or any other enactment and cannot be relied upon in the formal planning process or in legal proceedings.

(10) The Board may, at its absolute discretion, consult with any person who may, in the opinion of the Board, have information which is relevant for the purposes of consultations under this section in relation to a proposed strategic housing development.

(11) The Board shall keep a record of any consultations under this section in relation to a proposed strategic housing development, including the names of those who participated in the consultations, and a copy of such record shall be placed and kept with the documents to which any application in respect of that proposed development relates.

(12) A person shall not question the validity of any steps taken by the Board under this section by reason only that the procedures as set out in subsection (1), (2), (4), (5) or (7), as the case may be, were not completed within the time referred to in the subsection concerned.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F5

Substituted (19.07.2018) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 52(1)(a), (b), commenced on enactment as per subs. (2).

F6

Deleted (19.07.2018) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 52(1)(c), commenced on enactment as per subs. (2).

7.

Requests to Board after consultation meeting has been held

7. (1) Following the consultation meeting, a prospective applicant may separately request the Board to do either or both of the following:

(a) (i) make a determination in relation to a proposed strategic housing development if one or both of the following applies:

(I) where the development is of a class standing specified in Part 2 of Schedule 5 to the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 ( S.I. No. 600 of 2001) that F7 [ does not equal or exceed, as the case may be, ] the relevant quantity, area or other limit standing specified in that Part, whether it is likely to have significant effects on the environment;

(II) whether the development, individually or in combination with another project, is likely to have a significant effect on a European site;

and

(ii) inform the prospective applicant of the determination;

(b) give to the prospective applicant an opinion in writing prepared by the Board on what information will be required to be contained in an F8 [ environmental impact assessment report or Natura impact statement or both that report and that statement ], as the case may be, in relation to the proposed strategic housing development.

(2) (a) On receipt of a request under either paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (1), which shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee, and except where paragraph (b) of this subsection applies, the Board shall, after consulting such bodies as may be prescribed for that purpose, comply with the request within 8 weeks of receipt of the request.

(b) Where a prospective applicant intends to make requests to the Board under paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (1), then such requests shall, unless the Board otherwise approves, be made at the same time and, accordingly, on receipt of such a request the Board—

(i) F7 [ subject to subsection (2A) , shall ]comply with the request to which subsection (1)(a) relates within 8 weeks of its receipt, and

(ii) F7 [ subject to subsection (2B) , shall ] then comply with the request to which subsection (1)(b) relates within 16 weeks of its receipt.

(c) A determination made by the Board for the purposes of subsection (1)(a)(i), or an opinion given by the Board for the purposes of subsection (1)(b) (including the main reasons and considerations on which the determination or opinion are based, as the case may be) shall be placed and kept with the documents relating to the planning application concerned.

F9 [ (2A)( a ) Subject to paragraph (b) , where a prospective applicant makes a request to the Board to which clause (I) of subsection (1)(a)(i) applies, the Board shall not be required to comply with subsection (2)(b)(i) within the period specified in subsection (2)(b)(i) where it appears to the Board that it would not be possible or appropriate, because of the exceptional circumstances of the proposed development (including in relation to the nature, complexity, location or size of such development) to do so.

( b ) Where paragraph (a) applies, the Board shall, by notice in writing served on the prospective applicant before the expiration of the period referred to in subsection (2)(b)(i) , inform him or her of the reasons why it would not be possible or appropriate to comply with that subsection within that period and shall specify in the notice the date before which the Board intends that the determination concerned shall be made. ]

F9 [ (2B)( a ) The period referred to in subsection (2)(b)(ii) shall not apply where a notice under subsection (2A)(b) has been served.

( b ) Where paragraph (a) applies, the Board shall comply with the request under subsection (1)(b) within 8 weeks of making the determination concerned under subsection (1)(a)(i)(I) . ]

(3) A person shall not question the validity of a determination by, or opinion of, the Board under this section by reason only that the procedures as set out in subsection (2) were not completed within the time referred to in that subsection.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F7

Substituted (1.09.2018) by European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018), reg. 38(a), (b), in effect as per reg. 2(1).

F8

Substituted (1.09.2018) by European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018), s. 43 and sch. 2 ref. no. 1, in effect as per reg. 2(1).

F9

Inserted (1.09.2018) by European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018), reg. 38(c), in effect as per reg. 2(1).

Editorial Notes:

E10

Power pursuant to section exercised (3.07.2017) by Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 271 of 2017), in effect as per reg. 2.

8.

Requirements relating to application for permission under section 4

8. (1) Before an applicant makes an application under section 4(1) for permission, he or she shall—

(a) have caused to be published, in one or more newspapers circulating in the area or areas in which it is proposed to carry out the strategic housing development, a notice—

F10 [ (i) specifying the location of the proposed development and containing a brief description of the proposed development, including a description

(I) of the number of houses, student accommodation units or shared accommodation units of which the proposed development is intended to consist, and

(II) in the case of student accommodation units or shared accommodation units, of

(A) the combined number of bed spaces of which the proposed development is intended to consist, and

(B) any other uses to which those units are intended to be put, ]

(ii) stating that he or she proposes to make an application to the Board for permission for the proposed development,

(iii) specifying—

(I) the times and places, including the offices of the Board and the offices of the planning authority or authorities in whose area or areas the proposed development would be situated, and

(II) the period of 5 weeks from the receipt by the Board of the application,

during which a copy of the application and any F11 [ environmental impact assessment report or Natura impact statement or both that report and that statement ], if such is required, may be inspected free of charge or purchased on payment of a specified fee (which fee shall not exceed the reasonable cost of making such copy),

(iv) stating that the application contains a statement—

(I) setting out how the proposal will be consistent with the objectives of the relevant development plan or local area F10 [ plan, or ]

(II) where the proposed development materially contravenes the said plan other than in relation to the zoning of the land, indicating why permission should, nonetheless, be granted, having regard to a consideration specified in section 37(2)(b) of the Act of 2000,

(v) stating that in the case of an application referred to in subsection (2), an F11 [ environmental impact assessment report or Natura impact statement or both that report and that statement ], as the case may be, has or have been prepared in respect of the proposed development,

(vi) where relevant, stating that the proposed development is likely to have significant effects on the environment of a Member State of the European Union or a state that is a party to the Transboundary Convention,

(vii) inviting the making, during the period referred to for the purposes of subparagraph (iii), of submissions and observations to the Board, including from the public, relating to—

(I) the implications of the proposed development, if carried out, for proper planning and sustainable development in the area or areas concerned, and

(II) the likely effects on the environment or the likely effects on a European site, as the case may be, of the proposed development, if carried out,

(viii) specifying the types of decision the Board may make, under section 9 , in relation to the application,

(ix) stating that a person may question the validity of a decision of the Board by way of an application for judicial review, under Order 84 of the Rules of the Superior Courts ( S.I. No. 15 of 1986), in accordance with sections 50 and 50A of the Act of 2000, and

(x) stating where practical information on the review mechanism can be found,

F12 [ ( aa ) comply with section 172B of the Planning and Development Act 2000 , ]

(b) have sent a copy in both printed form and electronic form of the application and any F11 [ environmental impact assessment report or Natura impact statement or both that report and that statement ], if such is required, to—

(i) the planning authority or authorities in whose functional area or areas the proposed development would be situated, and

(ii) any authorities, which the Minister may prescribe, together with a notice stating that submissions or observations may, during the period referred to in paragraph (a)(iii), be made in writing to the Board in relation to—

(I) the implications of that proposed development, if carried out, for proper planning and sustainable development in the area or areas concerned, and

(II) the likely effects on the environment or the likely effects on a European site, as the case may be, of that proposed development, if carried out,

and

(c) in the case that the proposed strategic housing development is likely to have significant effects on the environment of a Member State of the European Union or a state that is a party to the Transboundary Convention, have sent a prescribed number of copies of the application and the F11 [ environmental impact assessment report ] to the F10 [ appropriate authority ] of the relevant state or states together with a notice stating that submissions or observations may, during the period referred to in paragraph (a)(iii), be made in writing to the Board.

(2) In the case of a proposed strategic housing development that—

(a) is of a class specified in regulations made under section 176 of the Act of 2000 and is likely to have significant effects on the environment, or

(b) is likely to have a significant effect on a European site,

the applicant shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, F11 [ environmental impact assessment report or Natura impact statement or both that report and that statement ], as the case may be, in respect of the development.

(3) (a) The Board may decide to refuse to deal with any application made to it under section 4(1) where it considers that the application for permission, or the F11 [ environmental impact assessment report ] or Natura impact statement if such is required, is inadequate or incomplete, having regard in particular to the permission regulations and any regulations made under section 12 , or section 177 of the Act of 2000, or to any consultations held under section 6 .

(b) Where paragraph (a) applies, the Board shall, F12 [ subject to subsection (3A) , ] within 2 weeks from the date of the receipt by it of the application—

(i) return to the applicant concerned—

(I) subject to paragraph (c), the originals of any documents or digital devices containing the information prescribed for the purposes of subsection (1)(a)(iv) of section 4 , any F11 [ environmental impact assessment report or Natura impact statement, or both that report and that statement ], as the case may be, and any information prescribed under section 12 to accompany the application, and

(II) any fee received from the applicant for the purposes of section 4(1)(a)(v) ,

and

(ii) give reasons to the applicant for the Board’s decision to refuse to consider the application.

(c) Clause (I) of paragraph (b)(i) is without prejudice to the Board—

(i) making a copy of a document,

(ii) retaining an electronic copy of a document, or

(iii) by agreement with the F13 [ ] applicant concerned, retaining a document,

to which that clause relates.

F12 [ (3A)( a ) Subject to paragraph (b) , the Board shall not be required to comply with subsection (3)(b) , in so far as an environmental impact assessment report is concerned (including the originals referred to in that subsection and the information prescribed under section 12 referred to in that subsection to the extent that such originals or information relate to that report), within the period specified in the subsection where it appears to the Board that it would not be possible or appropriate, because of the exceptional circumstances of the proposed development (including in relation to the nature, complexity, location or size of such development) to do so.

( b ) Where paragraph (a) applies, the Board shall, by notice in writing served on the applicant before the expiration of the period referred to in subsection (3)(b) , inform him or her of the reasons why it would not be possible or appropriate to comply with that subsection within that period and shall specify in the notice the date before which the Board intends to comply with that subsection. ]

(4) (a) In this subsection and subsection (5)“relevant elected members” means—

(i) in the case of a local authority referred to in paragraph (b), the elected members of the Area Committee or Area Committees (established under section 50(1) of the Local Government Act 2001) in respect of the area or areas concerned, in which the proposed strategic housing development would be situated,

(ii) in the case of any other local authority, the municipal district members for the municipal district or districts, as the case may be, in which the proposed strategic housing development would be situated.

(b) The local authorities referred to in paragraph (a)(i) are as follows:

(i) Cork City Council;

(ii) Dublin City Council;

(iii) Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council;

(iv) Fingal County Council;

(v) Galway City Council;

(vi) South Dublin County Council.

(c) On receipt, under subsection (1)(b)(i), of a copy of the application and any F11 [ environmental impact assessment report or Natura impact statement, or both that report and that statement ], the planning authority or authorities in whose area or areas the proposed strategic housing development would be situated shall—

(i) notify the relevant elected members of the making of that application, the information specified for the purposes of subsection (1)(a)(iii) and the information provided for the purposes of subsection (1)(a)(vii), and

(ii) at the next meeting of each Area Committee concerned, or of the municipal district members for each municipal district concerned, as appropriate, inform the relevant elected members of—

(I) the details of the application,

(II) the consultations that have taken place in relation to the proposed development under sections 5(2) and 6(5) ,

(III) the notice issued by the Board under section 6(7) , and

(IV) where the meeting concerned takes place after the expiry of the period specified in subsection (1)(a)(iii)(II)

(A) information relating to the matters referred to in subsection (5)(a)(i), and

(B) where the Chief Executive has formed the views referred to in subsection (5)(a)(ii), such views.

(5) (a) The planning authority or authorities in whose area or areas the proposed strategic housing development would be situated shall, within 8 weeks from its receipt of a copy of the application under section 4(1) , each prepare and submit to the Board a report of its Chief Executive setting out—

(i) a summary of the points raised in the submissions or observations duly received by the Board in relation to the application,

(ii) the Chief Executive’s views on the effects of that proposed development on the proper planning and sustainable development of the area of the authority and on the environment, having regard in particular to—

(I) the matters specified in section 34(2) of the Act of 2000, and

(II) submissions and observations duly received by the Board in relation to the application,

and

(iii) where the meeting or meetings referred to in subsection (4)(c)(ii) has or have taken place, a summary of the views of the relevant elected members on that proposed development as expressed at such meeting or meetings,

and, for the above purposes, the Board shall send to each planning authority concerned copies of any submissions and observations duly received by the Board in relation to the application according as they are received.

(b) In the report referred to in paragraph (a) the planning authority shall—

(i) set out the authority’s opinion as to whether the proposed strategic housing development would be consistent with the relevant objectives of the development plan or local area plan, as the case may be,

(ii) include a statement as to whether the authority recommends to the Board that permission should be granted or refused, together with the reasons for its recommendation, and

(iii) specify in the report—

(I) where the authority recommends that permission be granted, the planning conditions (if any), and the reasons and grounds for them, that it would recommend in the event that the Board decides to grant permission, or

(II) if appropriate in the circumstances, where the authority recommends that permission be refused, the planning conditions, and the reasons and grounds for them, that it would recommend in the event that the Board decides to grant permission.

(6) In addition to the report referred to in subsection (5), the Board may, where it considers it necessary to do so, require the planning authority or authorities referred to in that subsection or any planning authority or authorities on whose area or areas it would have a significant effect to furnish to the Board such information in relation to the effects of the proposed strategic housing development on the proper planning and sustainable development of the area concerned and on the environment as the Board may specify.

(7) A person shall not question the validity of a decision of the Board under this section by reason only that the procedures as set out in subsection (3) were not completed within the time referred to in that subsection.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F10

Substituted (19.07.2018) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 53(1)(a), commenced on enactment as per subs. (2).

F11

Substituted (1.09.2018) by European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018), s. 43 and sch. 2 ref. nos. 2-9, in effect as per reg. 2(1).

F12

Inserted (1.09.2018) by European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018), reg. 39, in effect as per reg. 2(1).

F13

Deleted (19.07.2018) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 53(1)(b), commenced on enactment as per subs. (2).

Editorial Notes:

E11

Power pursuant to section exercised (3.07.2017) by Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 271 of 2017), in effect as per reg. 2.

9.

Decisions by Board on applications under section 4

9. (1) The Board shall, before making a decision to which subsection (4) relates in respect of the proposed strategic housing development, consider—

(a) (i) the report of the planning authority or, where the proposed development is in the area of more than one planning authority, the report of each such authority submitted in accordance with section 8(5) ,

(ii) any submissions or observations duly received by the Board consequent on—

(I) the publication of a notice pursuant to paragraph (a)(vii) of section 8(1) , or

(II) the sending of a notice pursuant to subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (b), or to paragraph (c), of section 8(1) ,

and

(iii) any other relevant information,

in so far as they relate to—

(A) the likely consequences for proper planning and sustainable development in the area in which it is proposed to situate the development,

(B) the likely effects on the environment or the likely effects on a European site, as the case may be, of the proposed development, if carried out,

(b) where required, an F14 [ environmental impact assessment report or Natura impact statement or both that report and that statement ], as the case may be, submitted to the Board pursuant to section 8(2), and

(c) any report or recommendation prepared in relation to the application in accordance with section 146 of the Act of 2000, including the report of the person conducting any oral hearing of the proposed development.

(2) In considering the likely consequences for proper planning and sustainable development in the area in which it is proposed to situate the strategic housing development, the Board shall have regard to—

(a) the provisions of the development plan, including any local area plan if relevant, for the area,

(b) any guidelines issued by the Minister under section 28 of the Act of 2000,

(c) the provisions of any special amenity area order relating to the area,

(d) if the area or part of the area is a European site or an area prescribed for the purposes of section 10(2)(c) of the Act of 2000, that fact,

(e) if the proposed development would have an effect on a European site or an area prescribed for the purposes of section 10(2)(c) of the Act of 2000, that fact,

(f) the matters referred to in section 143 of the Act of 2000, and

(g) the provisions of the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2016 and regulations made under those Acts where relevant.

(3) (a) When making its decision in relation to an application under this section, the Board shall apply, where relevant, specific planning policy requirements of guidelines issued by the Minister under section 28 of the Act of 2000.

(b) Where specific planning policy requirements of guidelines referred to in paragraph (a) differ from the provisions of the development plan of a planning authority, then those requirements shall, to the extent that they so differ, apply instead of the provisions of the development plan.

(c) In this subsection “specific planning policy requirements” means such policy requirements identified in guidelines issued by the Minister to support the consistent application of Government or national policy and principles by planning authorities, including the Board, in securing overall proper planning and sustainable development.

(4) The Board may, in respect of an application under section 4 for permission for the proposed strategic housing development, decide to—

(a) grant permission for the proposed development,

(b) grant permission for the proposed development subject to such modifications to the proposed development as it specifies in its decision,

(c) grant permission, in part only, for the proposed development, with or without any other modifications it may specify in its decision, or

(d) refuse to grant permission for the proposed development,

and may attach to a permission under paragraph (a), (b) or (c) such conditions as it considers appropriate.

(5) Where the Board did not exercise its functions under section 8(3) to refuse to deal with an application, then nothing in that subsection shall be read so as to prevent the Board from refusing to grant permission for a proposed strategic housing development in respect of an application under section 4 where the Board considers that development of the kind proposed would be premature by reference to the inadequacy or incompleteness of the F14 [ environmental impact assessment report ] or Natura impact statement submitted with the application for permission, if such is required F15 [ , or where an environmental impact assessment report is required, the application was not accompanied by such report ].

(6) (a) Subject to paragraph (b), the Board may decide to grant a permission for a proposed strategic housing development in respect of an application under section 4 even where the proposed development, or a part of it, contravenes materially the development plan or local area plan relating to the area concerned.

(b) The Board shall not grant permission under paragraph (a) where the proposed development, or a part of it, contravenes materially the development plan or local area plan relating to the area concerned, in relation to the zoning of the land.

(c) Where the proposed strategic housing development would materially contravene the development plan or local area plan, as the case may be, other than in relation to the zoning of the land, then the Board may only grant permission in accordance with paragraph (a) where it considers that, if section 37(2)(b) of the Act of 2000 were to apply, it would grant permission for the proposed development.

(7) Without prejudice to the generality of the Board’s powers to attach conditions under subsection (4), the Board may attach either or both of the following to a permission for the development concerned:

(a) a condition with regard to any of the matters specified in section 34(4) of the Act of 2000;

(b) a condition requiring the payment of a contribution or contributions of the same kind as the planning authority or authorities in whose area or areas the proposed strategic housing development would be situated could, but for this Part, require to be paid under section 48 or 49 (or both) of the Act of 2000 were that authority to grant the permission (and the scheme or schemes referred to in the said section 48 or 49, as appropriate, made by that authority shall apply to the determination of such contribution or contributions).

(8) The conditions attached under this section to a permission may provide that points of detail relating to the grant of the permission may be agreed between the planning authority or authorities in whose functional area or areas the development will be situated and the person carrying out the development. If that authority or those authorities and that person cannot agree on the matter the matter may be referred to the Board for determination.

(9) The Board shall make its decision under this section on an application under section 4

(a) where no oral hearing is held, within 16 weeks beginning on the day the planning application was lodged with the Board or within such other period as may be prescribed under subsection (10),

(b) where an oral hearing is held, within such period as may be prescribed.

(10) The Minister may by regulations extend the period referred to in subsection (9)(a), where it appears to him or her to be necessary, by virtue of exceptional circumstances, to do so and, for so long as the regulations are in force, this section shall be construed and have effect in accordance therewith.

(11) The Board may, at any time after the expiration of the period specified in section 8(5)(a) , make its decision under this section on the application.

(12) The Board shall include in each report made under section 118 of the Act of 2000 a statement of—

(a) the number of matters which the Board has determined within each of the periods referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (9), and

(b) the number and the aggregate amount of all sums paid (if any) by the Board under subsection (13) ,

together with such other information as to the time taken to determine such matters as the Minister may direct.

(13) (a) Where the Board has failed to make a decision under this section in relation to an application within the period specified in subsection (9)(a) or as may be prescribed under subsection (9)(b) or (10) as appropriate and becomes aware, whether through notification by the applicant or otherwise, that it has so failed, the Board shall proceed to make the decision notwithstanding that the period has expired.

(b) Where the Board fails to make a decision within the period referred to in paragraph (a), it shall pay the appropriate sum to the applicant.

(c) Any payment due to be paid under this subsection shall be paid as soon as may be and in any event not later than 4 weeks after it becomes due.

(d) In this subsection “appropriate sum” means a sum which is equal to the lesser amount of 3 times the fee paid by the applicant to the Board in respect of his or her application for permission or €10,000.

(14) Without prejudice to the generality of section 18(a) of the Interpretation Act 2005, a reference, however expressed, in this section, sections 4 to 8 or in regulations made under section 12 to the area in which the proposed strategic housing development would be situated includes, if the context admits, a reference to the 2 or more areas in which that development would be situated and cognate references shall be construed accordingly.

(15) A person shall not question the validity of a decision of the Board under this section by reason only that the procedures as set out in subsection (9) were not completed within the time provided for by that subsection.

(16) The failure by the planning authority concerned to comply with the requirement to prepare and submit to the Board a report, under subsection (5) of section 8 , within the time limits provided for by that subsection shall not prevent the Board from proceeding to make its decision under this section.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F14

Substituted (1.09.2018) by European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018), s. 43 and sch. 2 ref. nos. 10, 11, in effect as per reg. 2(1).

F15

Inserted (1.09.2018) by European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018), reg. 40, in effect as per reg. 2(1).

Editorial Notes:

E12

Power pursuant to section exercised (3.07.2017) by Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 271 of 2017), in effect as per reg. 2.

10.

Supplemental provisions to section 9

10. (1) The Board shall send a copy of a decision under section 9 to the applicant, to any planning authority in whose area the proposed strategic housing development would be situated and to any person who made submissions or observations on the application for permission.

(2) F16 [ (a) The Board shall publish on its website both a notice and a copy of a decision under section 9 . ]

(b) The notice shall state that a person may question the validity of any such decision by the Board by way of an application for judicial review, under Order 84 of the Rules of the Superior Courts ( S.I. No. 15 of 1986), in accordance with sections 50 and 50A of the Act of 2000.

(c) The notice shall identify where practical information on the review mechanism can be found.

(3) A decision of the Board to grant a permission under section 9(4) shall state—

(a) the main reasons and considerations on which the decision is based,

F17 [ ( aa ) the reasoned conclusion, in relation to the significant effects on the environment of the proposed development, on which the decision is based,

( ab ) if that decision arises from the Board s consideration of the environmental impact assessment report concerned and is different from the recommendation in a report of a person assigned to report on the application concerned on behalf of the Board, the main reasons for not accepting the recommendation in the last-mentioned report to refuse permission, ]

(b) where the Board grants a permission in accordance with section 9(6)(a) , the main reasons and considerations for contravening materially the development plan or local area plan, as the case F18 [ may be, ]

(c) where conditions are imposed in relation to the grant of any permission, the main reasons for imposing F18 [ them, ]

F17 [ ( d ) where a decision to impose a condition (being an environmental condition which arises from the consideration of the environmental impact assessment report concerned) in relation to any permission is materially different, in relation to the terms of such condition, from the recommendation in a report of a person assigned to report on the application for permission on behalf of the Board, the main reasons for not accepting, or for varying, as the case may be, the recommendation in the last-mentioned report in relation to such condition, and

( e ) in relation to the granting or refusal of a permission in respect of an application accompanied by an environmental impact assessment report, subject to or without conditions, that the Board is satisfied that the reasoned conclusion on the significant effects on the environment of the development was up to date at the time of the taking of the decision. ]

F17 [ (3A) A decision given under section 9(4) in respect of an application accompanied by an environmental impact assessment report and the notification of the decision shall include a summary of the results of consultations that have taken place and information gathered in the course of the environmental impact assessment and, where appropriate, the comments received from an affected Member State of the European Union or other party to the Transboundary Convention, and specify how those results have been incorporated into the decision or otherwise addressed. ]

(4) A grant of permission under section 9(4) shall be furnished to the applicant as soon as may be after the making of the relevant decision.

(5) (a) No permission under section 34 of the Act of 2000 shall be required for any development in respect of which approval has been granted under section 9 .

(b) Part VIII of the Act of 2000 shall apply to any case where a strategic housing development is carried out otherwise than in compliance with a permission under section 9 or any condition to which the permission is subject as it applies to any unauthorised development with the modification that a reference in that Part to a permission shall be construed as a reference to a permission granted under section 9 .

(6) A person shall not be entitled solely by reason of a permission under section 9 to carry out any development.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F16

Substituted (19.07.2018) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 54(1), commenced on enactment as per subs. (2).

F17

Inserted (1.09.2018) by European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018), s. 41(a)(i), (iv), (b), in effect as per reg. 2(1).

F18

Substituted (1.09.2018) by European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018), s. 41(a)(ii), (iii), in effect as per reg. 2(1).

11.

Strategic Housing Division

11. (1) A division of the Board, to be known as the Strategic Housing Division, is established on the commencement of this section.

(2) The Strategic Housing Division is in addition to any division for the time being constituted under section 112 of the Act of 2000 and to the Strategic Infrastructure Division.

(3) The Strategic Housing Division shall, subject to subsections (8), (9) and (10), determine any matter falling to be determined by the Board under the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2016 in relation to strategic housing development other than development to which section 4(4) relates.

(4) For the purpose of subsection (3), the Strategic Housing Division has all the functions of the Board.

(5) The Strategic Housing Division consists of 4 members, nominated by the chairperson of the Board to be, for the time being, members of the Division.

(6) The chairperson of the Board shall appoint one of the members of the Strategic Housing Division to be, for the time being, the chairperson of that Division.

(7) Where a member of the Strategic Housing Division is absent—

(a) the chairperson of the Board or deputy chairperson of the Board may act in place of that member, or

(b) the chairperson of the Board may authorise any other ordinary member to act in place of that member.

(8) The quorum for a meeting of the Strategic Housing Division is 3.

(9) Either—

(a) the chairperson of the Division, or

(b) the person acting as chairperson of a meeting of the Division,

may, at any stage before a decision is made by the Division, transfer the consideration of any matter from the Strategic Housing Division to a meeting of all available members of the Board where he or she considers the matter to be of particular complexity or significance.

(10) (a) Where at any time after the specified period the Board is of the opinion, having regard to any outstanding matters to which section 4(3) relates and to the dispatch generally of the business of the Board, that the Strategic Housing Division should be dissolved, then the Board may request the Minister to dissolve that Division.

(b) Where the Minister receives a request from the Board under paragraph (a), then he or she may by direction dissolve the Strategic Housing Division with effect from a specified date and, accordingly, any remaining business of that Division shall be performed—

(i) by the Board, or

(ii) to the extent that it may be assigned to the Strategic Infrastructure Division or to that Division or to one or more than one division under section 112(1) of the Act of 2000, by each such division so assigned,

as if the Board or each such division, as the case may be, were the Strategic Housing Division for the purposes of section 4(3) and, where appropriate, section 7(2)(a) shall be read accordingly.

(c) The Minister shall cause notice of the making of the direction under paragraph (b) to be published in Iris Oifigiúil and such notice shall include the date of dissolution.

12.

Regulations ( sections 4 to 10)

12. (1) The Minister may make regulations to provide for such matters of procedure and administration as appear to the Minister to be necessary or expedient in respect of matters to which sections 4 to 10 relate, including—

(a) consultations with planning authorities for the purposes of section 5(2) ,

(b) conducting consultations and forming an opinion under section 6 ,

(c) making determinations and giving a written opinion under section 7 ,

(d) applications for permission under section 4 , and

(e) decisions under section 9 .

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), regulations under that subsection may provide for the following matters:

(a) the procedure for the making of an application under section 4 , including the erection or fixing of a site notice, the giving of public notice and the making of applications in electronic form or otherwise;

(b) the proportion of the fee payable to the Board under section 144(1A)(b) of the Act of 2000 in respect of an application under section 4 that shall, on the making of a decision under section 9 on the application, be paid by the Board to the planning authority or authorities concerned, as the case may be, and the circumstances in which the Board shall not pay any proportion of the fee to such planning authority or authorities;

F19 [ (c) the making available for inspection by members of the public, at the offices of the Board or the relevant planning authority or authorities in whose area or areas the development will be situated, and in electronic form, of any specified documents, particulars, plans or other information with respect to applications under section 4 ; ]

(d) the making of submissions or observations to the Board in relation to applications under section 4 ;

(e) requiring the Board to publish, or give notice in respect of, its decision regarding the proposed strategic housing development for which permission is sought, including the giving of notice thereof to prescribed bodies and to persons who made submissions or observations in the prescribed manner.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F19

Substituted (19.07.2018) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 55(1), commenced on enactment as per subs. (2).

Editorial Notes:

E13

Power pursuant to section exercised (3.07.2017) by Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 271 of 2017), in effect as per reg. 2.

13.

Construction of section 2 (interpretation) of Act of 2000 during specified period

13. Section 2 of the Act of 2000 shall have effect in subsection (1) during the specified period—

(a) as if “, or section 9 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016” were inserted after “or 37N” in the definition of “permission”,

(b) as if “, or section 12 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016” were inserted after “or 174” in the definition of “permission regulations”,

(c) as if the following were inserted after subparagraph (a) in the definition of “strategic infrastructure development”:

“(aa) any proposed development referred to in section 4 (other than development in respect of which an election has been exercised under subsection (4) of that section) of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016,”,

(d) F20 [ ]

(e) as if “or under section 9 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016,” were inserted after “or 37N of this Act,” in subparagraph (b) of the definition of “unauthorised structure”, and

(f) as if “or under section 9 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016,” were inserted after “or 37N of this Act,” in subparagraph (b) of the definition of “unauthorised use”.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F20

Deleted (22.10.2018) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 56, S.I. No. 436 of 2018.

14.

Construction of section 41 (power to vary appropriate period) of Act of 2000 during specified period

14. Section 41 of the Act of 2000 has effect during the specified period—

(a) as if “or under section 9 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016,” were inserted after “or 37N,” where it first occurs, and

(b) as if “, or under section 9 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016” were inserted after “or 37N” where it last occurs.

15.

Construction of section 96 (provision of social and affordable housing, etc.) of Act of 2000 during specified period

15. Section 96 of the Act of 2000 has effect during the specified period—

(a) as if in subsection (1) there were substituted “section 34, or section 4 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016” for “section 34”, and

(b) as if in subsection (4) there were substituted “the planning authority or the Board, as the case may be,” for “the planning authority” in both places where it occurs.

16.

Construction of section 104 (Board to consist of chairperson and 7 other members) of Act of 2000 during specified period

16. Section 104 of the Act of 2000 has effect during the specified period as if—

(a) in subsection (2), “, or Part 2 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016” were inserted after “of the Act of 2001”, and

(b) in subsection (2A), “, or Part 2 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016,” were inserted after “of the Act of 2001”.

17.

Construction of section 125 (appeals, referrals and applications with which the Board is concerned) of Act of 2000 during specified period

17. Section 125 of the Act of 2000 has effect during the specified period as if the following were substituted for paragraph (b):

“(b) (i) to the extent provided, to applications made to the Board under section 37E or section 37L,

(ii) except where otherwise provided for by the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016, to applications made to the Board under section 4 of that Act, and

(iii) to any other matter with which the Board may be concerned,”.

18.

Construction of section 134 (oral hearings of appeals, referrals and applications) of Act of 2000 during specified period

18. Section 134 of the Act of 2000 has effect during the specified period—

(a) as if the following were substituted for subsection (1):

“(1) (a) The Board may in its absolute discretion, hold an oral hearing of an appeal, a referral under section 5, an application under section 37E or, subject to paragraph (b), an application under section 4 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016.

(b) Before deciding if an oral hearing for an application under section 4 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 should be held, the Board—

(i) shall have regard to the exceptional circumstances requiring the urgent delivery of housing as set out in the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, and

(ii) shall only hold an oral hearing if it decides, having regard to the particular circumstances of the application, that there is a compelling case for such a hearing.

(c) In paragraph (b) ‘Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness’ means the document entitled ‘Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness’ published by the Government on 19 July 2016.”,

(b) as if in subsection (2)(a) “, or under section 4 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016,” were inserted after “section 37E” where it first occurs,

(c) as if in subsection (2)(a) “or under the said section 4 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016” were inserted after “section 37E” where it last occurs,

(d) as if in subsection (2)(c)(iii) “, or under section 4 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016,” were inserted after “section 254(6) ”,

(e) as if in subsection (2)(d) “or under section 4 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016” were inserted after “section 37E” where it first occurs,

(f) as if in subsection (2)(d) there were inserted the following after subparagraph (ii):

“(iii) in respect of an application under section 4 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016, within the period specified in a notice under section 8 of that Act within which the person may make submissions or observations to the Board in relation to the application,”,

(g) as if in subsection (3)(a) “or under section 4 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016” were inserted after “section 37E”, and

(h) as if in subsection (4)(b)(i) “or under section 4 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016” were inserted after “section 37E”.

19.

Construction of section 144 (fees payable to Board) of Act of 2000 during specified period

19. Subsection (1A) of section 144 of the Act of 2000 has effect during the specified period—

(a) as if in paragraph (b) “or for any strategic housing development (within the meaning of section 3 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016)” were inserted after “for any strategic infrastructure development”,

(b) as if in paragraph (c) “or a request for a consultation under section 5 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016” were inserted after “the Act of 2001”,

(c) as if there were inserted the following after paragraph (d):

“(da) a request for a determination under section 7(1)(a) of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016;”,

(d) as if in paragraph (e) “or under section 7(1)(b) of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016,” were inserted after “section 173(3),”,

(e) as if there were inserted the following after paragraph (e):

“(ea) a request for an opinion in writing on what information will be required to be contained in a Natura impact statement under section 7(1)(b) of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016;”,

and

(f) as if in paragraph (j) “ section 8 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016,” were inserted after “or 226,”.

20.

Construction of section 172 (requirement for environmental impact statement) of Act of 2000 during specified period

20. Subsection (1A) of section 172 of the Act of 2000 has effect during the specified period as if in paragraph (a)(i) there were inserted the following after clause (III):

“(IIIA) development to which Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 relates;”.

21.

Construction of section 174 (transboundary environmental impacts) of Act of 2000 during specified period

21. Section 174 of the Act of 2000 has effect during the specified period as if in subsection (2) “and section 9(1) of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016,” were inserted after “182D(1),”.

22.

Construction of sections 176A, 176B and 176C (screening for environmental impact assessment) of Act of 2000 during specified period

22. Sections 176A, 176B and 176C shall not apply during the specified period to a proposed strategic housing development in respect of which a prospective applicant has, in accordance with section 7(1)(a) , requested the Board to make a determination whether it is likely to have significant effects on the environment.

23.

Construction of section 177R (interpretation) of Act of 2000 during specified period

23. Subsection (1) of section 177R of the Act of 2000 has effect during the specified period as if in paragraph (a) of the definition of “proposed development” there were inserted the following after subparagraph (iii):

“(iiia) development to which Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 relates;”.

24.

Construction of section 191 (right to compensation) of Act of 2000 during specified period

24. Section 190 of the Act of 2000 has effect during the specified period as if in subsection (1) “or an application for permission under section 4 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016” were inserted after “under Part III”.

25.

Construction of the Fourth Schedule (reasons for the refusal of permission which exclude compensation) to Act of 2000 during specified period

25. The Fourth Schedule to the Act of 2000 has effect during the specified period as if the following were inserted after paragraph 18:

“18A. In the case of a proposed strategic housing development (within the meaning of Chapter 1 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016), the environmental impact statement or Natura impact statement, or both, submitted with the application for permission under section 4 of that Act is or are inadequate or incomplete.”.

F21 [ Construction of Fifth Schedule (conditions which may be imposed, on the granting of permission to develop land, without compensation) to Act of 2000 during specified period

25A

25A. The Fifth Schedule to the Act of 2000 has effect during the specified period as if in paragraph 1 or section 9 (4) of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 were inserted after section 34(4)(g) .

(2) Section 1(3) of the Act of 2016 (which relates to commencement of provisions of that Act) applies to the commencement of the amendment provided for by subsection (1) . ]

Annotations:

Amendments:

F21

Inserted (22.10.2018) by Planning and Development Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 48(1), S.I. No. 436 of 2018.

Chapter 2

Environmental impact assessment - screening

26.

Screening for environmental impact assessment

26. F22 [ ]

Annotations:

Amendments:

F22

Repealed (1.09.2018) by European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 296 of 2018), reg. 4(1), in effect as per reg. 2(1).

27.

Consequential amendments (Chapter 2) to Act of 2000

27. The Act of 2000 is amended—

(a) in subsection (2) of section 7 by substituting the following for paragraph (bb):

“(bb) where applicable—

(i) a screening determination for environmental impact assessment (within the meaning of section 176A(1)) and the reasons therefor, or

(ii) the outcome of screening for appropriate assessment and the reasons therefor,”,

(b) in subsection (1A) of section 144 by inserting the following after paragraph (h):

“(ha) a determination review or an application referral under section 176C;”,

(c) in subsection (2) of section 176 by inserting the following after paragraph (d):

“(da) the carrying out of a screening for environmental impact assessment (within the meaning of section 176A), or a determination review or application referral (within the meaning of section 176C);”,

(d) in section 177U by inserting the following after subsection (9):

“(10) In deciding upon an application under section 176A or a determination review or an application referral under section 176C, a planning authority or the Board, as the case may be, shall, where appropriate, conduct a screening for appropriate assessment in accordance with the provisions of this section.”,

and

(e) in subsection (1) of section 246 by inserting the following after paragraph (c):

“(ca) the payment to planning authorities of prescribed fees in relation to applications for determinations under section 176A,”.

Chapter 3

Miscellaneous constructions and amendments to Planning and Development Act 2000

28.

Amendment, etc., of section 42 (power to extend appropriate period) of Act of 2000

28. F23 [ (1) Section 42 of the Act of 2000 is amended

(a) in subsection (1) by substituting the following for paragraph (a):

(a) (i) the authority is satisfied that

(I) the development to which the permission relates was commenced before the expiration of the appropriate period sought to be extended,

(II) an environmental impact assessment or an appropriate assessment, or both of those assessments, was or were not required before the permission was granted,

(III) substantial works were carried out pursuant to the permission during that period, and

(IV) the development will be completed within a reasonable time, ,

and

(b) by substituting the following for subsection (4):

(4) A decision to extend the appropriate period of a permission shall be made not more than twice under this section and a planning authority shall not further extend the appropriate period. Where a second decision to extend an appropriate period is made under this section, the combined duration of the 2 extensions of the appropriate period shall not exceed 5 years. . ]

(2) During the period from the passing of this Act until 31 December 2021, section 42 of the Act of 2000 has effect—

F24 [ (a) as if the following subsection were inserted after subsection (1):

(1A) (a) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in subsection (1) or (4), a planning authority shall

(i) as regards a particular permission in respect of a development that relates to 20 or more houses and in respect of which an environmental impact assessment or an appropriate assessment, or both of those assessments, were not required before the permission was granted, and

(ii) upon application being duly made to the authority setting out the reasons why the development cannot be reasonably completed within the appropriate period,

further extend the appropriate period by such additional period not exceeding 5 years, or until 31 December 2021, whichever first occurs, but the authority shall only so extend that period where the authority

(I) considers it requisite to enable the development to which the permission relates to be completed,

(II) is satisfied that the application is in accordance with such regulations under the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2016 as apply to the application,

(III) is satisfied that any requirements of, or made under those regulations are complied with as regards the application,

(IV) is satisfied that the development to which the permission relates was

(A) commenced, and

(B) substantial works were carried out,

before the expiration of the appropriate period or any extension of that period, and

(V) is satisfied that in the case of a permission

(A) where the expiry of the appropriate period as extended occurred or occurs during the period from 19 July 2016 to the day preceding the day that section 28 (2) of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 comes into operation, the application is duly made within 6 months of the said commencement date, or

(B) where the appropriate period as extended expires on or after the date of commencement of section 28 (2) of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 , the application is duly made within the period prescribed for the purposes of section 43(2). , ]

(b) as if in subsection (2) there were substituted “subsection (1) or (1A)” for “subsection (1)”, and

(c) as if in subsection (4) there were substituted “Except where subsection (1A) applies, a decision” for “A decision”.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F23

Substituted (19.07.2018) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (16/2018), s. 57(1), commenced on enactment as per subs. (2).

F24

Substituted (19.07.2017) by Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2017 (20/2017), s. 1, commenced on enactment.

29.

Amendment of section 179 (local authority own development) of Act of 2000

29. Section 179 of the Act of 2000 is amended—

(a) in subsection (3) by substituting in paragraph (a) “shall, within 8 weeks after the expiration of the period” for “shall, after the expiration of the period”,

(b) in subsection (4) by substituting in paragraph (a) “, within 6 weeks of the receipt of the report of the manager,” for “, as soon as may be,”, and

(c) in subsection (4), by substituting the following for paragraph (c):

“(c) For a resolution to have effect under paragraph (b) —

(i) it has to be passed not later than 6 weeks after the receipt of the manager’s report, and

(ii) in the case of a resolution not to proceed with a proposed development, it shall state the reasons for such resolution.”.

PART 3

Amendments to Residential Tenancies Act 2004

30.

Definition ( Part 3)

30. In this Part and the Schedule “Act of 2004” means the Residential Tenancies Act 2004.

31.

Amendment of section 3 (application of Act) of Act of 2004

31. Section 3 of the Act of 2004 is amended in subsection (4)(b)(i) by substituting “is provided by an approved housing body” for “is owned and provided by an approved housing body”.

32.

Amendment of section 4 (interpretation generally) of Act of 2004

32.Section 4 of the Act of 2004 is amended in subsection (1) by deleting “owned by it” in paragraph (b)(i) of the definition of “approved housing body”.

33.

Amendment of section 12 (obligations of landlords) of Act of 2004

33. Section 12 of the Act of 2004 is amended in subsection (1) by substituting “complaint,” for “complaint.” in paragraph (h)(iii) and inserting the following paragraph after paragraph (h):

“(i) in the case of a tenancy of a dwelling in a rent pressure zone (within the meaning given in section 19(7)), where the tenancy commences on or after the commencement of section 33 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016, furnish the tenant, in writing, with the following information at the commencement of the tenancy:

(i) the amount of rent that was last set under a tenancy for the dwelling;

(ii) the date the rent was last set under a tenancy for the dwelling;

(iii) a statement as to how the rent set under the tenancy of the dwelling has been calculated having regard to section 19(4).”.

34.

Amendment of section 19 (setting of rent above market rent prohibited) of Act of 2004

34. Section 19 of the Principal Act is amended by inserting the following subsections after subsection (2):

“(3) The setting of the rent under the tenancy of a dwelling that is carried out on or after the relevant date shall be subject to subsections (4) to (7).

(4) Subject to subsection (5), in setting, at any particular time, the rent under a tenancy of a dwelling in a rent pressure zone, an amount of rent shall not be provided for that is greater than the amount determined by the formula—

R x (1 + 0.04 x t/m)

where—

m is—

(a) 24, where section 24C(1)(a) applies, or

(b) 12, in any other case,

R is the amount of rent last set under a tenancy for the dwelling,

t is the number of months between—

(a) (i) the date the current rent came into effect under a tenancy for the dwelling, or

(ii) where paragraph (a) does not apply but the dwelling was previously let, other than in circumstances to which subsection (5) applies, the date rent became payable under a tenancy for the dwelling as last so let,

and

(b) the date the rent for the tenancy of the dwelling will come into effect after its determination under this subsection.

(5) Subsection (4) does not apply—

(a) where a dwelling has not at any time been the subject of a tenancy during the period of 2 years prior to the date the area is prescribed under section 24A as a rent pressure zone or deemed to be so prescribed;

(b) if, in the period since the rent was last set under a tenancy for the dwelling—

(i) a substantial change in the nature of the accommodation provided under the tenancy occurs, and

(ii) the rent under the tenancy, were it to be set immediately after that change, would, by virtue of that change, be different to what was the market rent for the tenancy at the time the rent was last set under a tenancy for the dwelling.

(6) Where immediately before the relevant date a notice under section 22(2)—

(a) has been served on the tenant, or

(b) the rent review concerned has commenced,

then subsections (3) and (4) shall not apply to the new rent, referred to in section 22(2), stated in that notice in accordance with that section.

(7) In this section—

‘relevant date’ means the date section 33 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 comes into operation;

‘rent pressure zone’ means an area—

(a) prescribed by the Minister by order under section 24A as a rent pressure zone under that section, or

(b) in respect of an area to which section 24B relates, deemed to be so prescribed by the Minister under section 24A.”.

35.

Amendment of section 22 (tenant to be notified of new rent) of Act of 2004

35. Section 22 of the Act of 2004 is amended in subsection (2A)—

(a) by substituting “paragraph (c) ” for “paragraph (d) ” in paragraph (d), and

(b) by deleting “and” where it last occurs in paragraph (d), substituting “signed, and” for “signed.” in paragraph (e) and inserting the following paragraph after paragraph (e):

“(f) where the dwelling is in a rent pressure zone (within the meaning given in section 19(7)), state how the rent set under the tenancy was calculated having regard to section 19(4) or, where section 19(4) does not apply, state why it does not apply.”.

36.

Rent pressure zones and areas deemed to be rent pressure zones

36. The Act of 2004 is amended by inserting the following sections after section 24:

Rent pressure zones

24A. (1) The Housing Agency, following consultation with the relevant housing authority, may make a proposal in writing to the Minister that an area be prescribed by order as a rent pressure zone.

(2) As soon as practicable, but no later than 1 week after the date of receipt of the proposal under subsection (1), the Minister shall request the Director to make a report to the Minister (in this section referred to as a ‘rent zone report’), in such form as the Minister may approve, on whether, in so far as the area the subject of the proposal is concerned, the criteria specified in subsection (4) for designation as a rent pressure zone are satisfied.

(3) Within 2 weeks after the date that the Minister made the request under subsection (2), the Director shall furnish the Minister with the rent zone report.

(4) In making a rent zone report to the Minister, the Director shall confirm whether or not the following criteria have been met—

(a) the information relating to the area concerned, as determined by reference to the information used to compile each Rent Index quarterly report, shows that the annual rate of increase in the average amount of rent for that area is more than 7 per cent in each of at least 4 of the 6 quarters (each being a period of 3 months that is contemporaneous with the period to which the Rent Index quarterly report concerned relates) preceding the period immediately prior to the date of the proposal by the Housing Agency to the Minister under subsection (1), and

(b) the average rent for the area in the last quarter, as determined by reference to the manner referred to in paragraph (a), is above the average national rent (commonly referred to as the Rent Index national standardised rent) in the last quarter.

(5) Where the Minister receives a rent zone report from the Director and the report confirms that the criteria in subsection (4) are satisfied, the Minister shall by order prescribe the area as a rent pressure zone for a specified period not exceeding 3 years.

(6) Where a local electoral area is prescribed by order as a rent pressure zone and, subsequently, any local electoral areas are duly amended in a manner that affects the area of the local electoral area so prescribed, then the order shall continue to have effect as if the local electoral area concerned had not been so amended.

(7) The Minister may, on a recommendation from the Housing Agency, by order revoke an order made under subsection (5) or a deemed order under section 24B and, accordingly, section 8(3) does not apply to any such order or deemed order.

(8) In making a recommendation under subsection (7), the Housing Agency shall consider and provide a report to the Minister, on such matters as may be prescribed having regard to—

(a) the operation of the rental market,

(b) the operation of the housing market, and

(c) changes in rent levels in the period since the area concerned was designated as a rent pressure zone;

and, before making such a recommendation and providing a report under this subsection, the Housing Agency shall consult with the Board and the housing authority concerned on the matter.

(9) The Board shall publish, in such manner as it thinks fit, a notice of the making of an order by the Minister under subsection (5) or (7).

(10) In this section—

‘area’ means—

(a) the administrative area of a housing authority, or

(b) a local electoral area within the meaning of section 2 of the Local Government Act 2001;

‘Housing Agency’ has the same meaning as it has in the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013;

‘Rent Index quarterly reports’ has the meaning given in the definition of ‘Rent Index’;

‘Rent Index’ means the publication known as the Residential Tenancies Board Rent Index which is published by the Board in respect of each successive period of 3 months in every calendar year (in this section referred to as ‘Rent Index quarterly reports’) pursuant to its functions under section 151(1)(e) and includes any other publication that it replaced or may replace it for the purposes of those functions.

Areas deemed to be rent pressure zones

24B. With effect from the relevant date (within the meaning of section 19(7)) and notwithstanding anything to the contrary in section 24A, orders under subsection (5) of that section shall be deemed to have been made in respect of the administrative areas of each of the following housing authorities:

(a) Cork City Council;

(b) Dublin City Council;

(c) Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council;

(d) Fingal County Council;

(e) South Dublin County Council;

and, accordingly, each of those areas is deemed to be a rent pressure zone from the relevant date for a period of 3 years.

Application of section 20 (frequency with which rent reviews may occur) to rent pressure zones

24C. (1) Where a tenancy commenced before the relevant date (within the meaning of section 19(7)) and the area in which the tenancy is situated is in a rent pressure zone (within the meaning of that section), then—

(a) the first rent review after the relevant date shall be carried out in accordance with section 20, and

(b) any subsequent rent review shall be carried out as if subsections (4) to (6) of section 20 had not been enacted.

(2) Where a tenancy commences on or after the relevant date (within the meaning of section 19(7)), and the area in which the tenancy is situated is in a rent pressure zone (within the meaning of that section), then any rent review after that date shall be carried out as if subsections (4) to (6) of section 20 had not been enacted.”.

37.

Part 4 tenancies and extension of period from 4 years to 6 years

37. (1) Section 28 of the Act of 2004 is amended in subsection (2) by substituting “6 years” for “4 years” in both places where it occurs.

(2) The provisions of the Act of 2004 referred to in column (2) of Part 1 of the Schedule are amended in the manner referred to in column (3) of that Part opposite the reference in column (2) to the provision concerned.

(3) This section applies to all tenancies created after the coming into operation of this section.

38.

Amendment of section 34 (grounds for termination by landlord) of Act of 2004

38. Section 34 of the Act of 2004 is amended by substituting “Subject to section 35A, a Part 4 tenancy” for “A Part 4 tenancy”.

39.

Amendment of section 35 (Table to section 34: interpretation and supplemental) of Act of 2004

39.Section 35 of the Act of 2004 is amended by substituting the following for subsection (8):

“(8) The statutory declaration that is to accompany a notice of termination in respect of a termination referred to in paragraph 3 of the Table shall include—

(a) a declaration that the landlord intends to enter into an enforceable agreement to transfer to another, for full consideration, of the whole of his or her interest in the dwelling or the property containing the dwelling, and

(b) where section 35A(3)(a) applies, a declaration that section 35A(2) does not apply to the said notice of termination as the price to be obtained by selling at market value the dwelling that is the subject of an existing tenancy to which Part 4 applies is more than 20 per cent below the market value that could be obtained for the dwelling with vacant possession, and that the application of that subsection would, having regard to all the circumstances of that case be unduly onerous on, or would cause undue hardship on, that landlord.”.

40.

Restriction on termination of certain tenancies by landlords

40. The Act of 2004 is amended by inserting the following section after section 35:

“35A. (1) In this section—

‘development’ means a development consisting of land upon which there stands erected a building or buildings comprising a unit or units where, as respects such unit or units, it is intended that amenities, facilities and services are to be shared;

‘relevant period of time’ means any period of 6 months within the period—

(a) beginning with the offering for sale in the development concerned of the first dwelling the subject of a tenancy, and

(b) ending with the offering for sale in that development of the last dwelling the subject of a tenancy.

(2) Except where subsection (3) or (4) applies, a Part 4 tenancy shall not be terminated by the landlord on the ground specified in paragraph 3 of the Table to section 34 where the landlord intends to enter into an enforceable agreement—

(a) in respect of dwellings situated within the development concerned,

(b) for the transfer to another, for full consideration, of the whole of his or her interest in 10 or more of those dwellings, each being the subject of such a tenancy, and

(c) to so transfer during a relevant period of time.

(3) (a) Subsection (2) does not apply where the landlord can show to the satisfaction of the Board—

(i) that the price to be obtained by selling at market value the dwelling that is the subject of an existing tenancy to which Part 4 applies is more than 20 per cent below the market value that could be obtained for the dwelling with vacant possession, and

(ii) that the application of that subsection would, having regard to all the circumstances of that case—

(I) be unduly onerous on that landlord, or

(II) would cause undue hardship on that landlord.

(b) In paragraph (a)(i), the reference to the market value of the dwelling is a reference to the estimated amount that would be paid by a willing buyer to a willing seller in an arm’s-length transaction after proper marketing (where appropriate) where both parties act knowledgeably, prudently and without compulsion.

(4) Where, before the commencement of section 40 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016, a notice under section 34 of this Act has been served on a tenant specifying as one of the grounds for termination the ground in paragraph 3 of the Table to section 34, then that section shall continue to apply to that notice as if the said section 40 had not been enacted.

(5) Subject to subsection (4), this section applies to all tenancies, including a tenancy created before the coming into operation of this section.”.

41.

Repeal of section 42 (termination of additional rights) of Act of 2004, transitional provisions and consequential amendments

41. (1) Section 42 of the Act of 2004 is repealed.

(2) Where a further Part 4 tenancy has commenced on or before the commencement of this section, then section 42 shall continue to apply to that tenancy as if subsections (1) and (4) had not been enacted.

(3) Where, before the commencement of this section, a notice under section 42 of the Act of 2004 has been served on a tenant, then that section shall continue to apply to that notice as if subsections (1) and (4) had not been enacted.

(4) The provisions of the Act of 2004 referred to in column (2) of Part 2 of the Schedule are amended in the manner referred to in column (3) of that Part opposite the reference in column (2) to the provision concerned.

42.

Amendment of section 62 (requirements for a valid notice of termination) of Act of 2004

42. Section 62 of the Act of 2004 is amended by inserting in subsection (1)(e) “or the tenancy is a further Part 4 tenancy,” after “6 months,”.

43.

Amendment of section 100 (appeal to Tribunal against adjudicator’s determination) of Act of 2004

43. Section 100 of the Act of 2004 is amended in subsection (2) by substituting “10 working days ” for “21 days”.

44.

Amendment of section 103 (membership of Tribunal, etc.) of Act of 2004

44. Section 103 of the Act of 2004 is amended—

(a) by substituting the following for subsection (1):

“(1) Subject to subsection (1A), the number of members of the Tribunal shall be 3.”,

and

(b) by inserting the following subsections after subsection (1):

“(1A) (a) In respect of such matters as may be prescribed, the Tribunal shall, except where subsection (1B) applies, be composed of one member.

(b) Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (a), prescribed matters for the purposes of that paragraph may include any of the following matters:

(i) the retention or refund of a deposit;

(ii) the amount that ought to be initially set (in compliance with section 19 or 19A, as the case may be) as the amount of rent under a tenancy;

(iii) the time at which a review of rent referred to in Part 3 should take place or the amount of rent that should be determined on foot of that review;

(iv) an alleged failure by the tenant to comply with any of the obligations applicable to the tenant, including those contained in any lease or tenancy agreement;

(v) an alleged failure by the landlord to comply with any of the obligations applicable to the landlord, including those contained in any lease or tenancy agreement;

(vi) a claim by a landlord for arrears of rent or other charges.

(c) There may be included in the same reference to a Tribunal to which this subsection relates disputes and, where appropriate, complaints, in respect of 2 or more matters prescribed for the purposes of this subsection.

(1B) (a) Where—

(i) a matter that consists of or includes a dispute is referred to the Tribunal, and that Tribunal is composed of one member, and

(ii) the Tribunal, at any stage, considers that in the particular circumstances it would be appropriate to adjourn the hearing by it of the matter and request the Board to refer the dispute or complaint to a Tribunal composed of 3 members,

then the Tribunal may so refer the matter to the Board accordingly.

(b) Where the Board is requested under paragraph (a) to refer a matter, that consists of or includes a dispute, to a Tribunal, it may refer the matter to a Tribunal composed of 3 members.

(1C) Where the Tribunal is composed of one member, then subsections (4) and (7) do not apply to that Tribunal.

(1D) Where, in the same reference to a Tribunal, there is included disputes or complaints, in respect of 2 or more matters, and one or more of those disputes or complaints is not prescribed for the purposes of this subsection, the Board shall refer the matter to a Tribunal composed of 3 members.”.

45.

Amendment of section 104 (determination of disputes by Tribunal: procedures generally) of Act of 2004

45. Section 104 of the Act of 2004 is amended in subsection (1) by deleting “or” in paragraph (b), by substituting “the matter, or” for “the matter.” in paragraph (c) and by inserting the following after paragraph (c):

“(d) has been referred to it by the Board under section 103(1B).”.

46.

Publication of certain statistics by Board

46. The Act of 2004 is amended by inserting the following new section after section 114:

“114A.The Board shall publish statistics, including average waiting times and such other statistics as may be prescribed, in relation to the performance of its functions under section 151(1)(a) in respect of each successive period of 3 months in every calendar year.”.

47.

Amendment of section 115 (redress that may be granted on foot of determination) of Act of 2004

47.Section 115(2) of the Act of 2004 is amended in paragraph (b) —

(a) by substituting “subsection (1) or (4) of section 19” for “section 19(1)” where it first occurs, and

(b) by substituting “with either of those subsections” for “with section 19(1)” where it last occurs.

48.

Amendment of section 121 (determination orders) of Act of 2004 and consequential amendments

48. (1) Section 121 of the Act of 2004 is amended—

(a) in subsection (1), by substituting “by the Director and issued by him or her” for “by the Board and issued by it”,

(b) in subsections (2) to (5) by substituting “Director” for “Board” in each place where it occurs,

(c) in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (4) by substituting “to him or her” for “to it”,

(d) by inserting the following after subsection (5):

“(5A) A document purporting to be a determination to which this section relates and to be signed by—

(a) the Director under this section, or

(b) a member of the staff of the Board, pursuant to the function of the Director under this section being delegated to the member under section 161(2),

shall, unless the contrary is proved, be deemed to be a determination duly made and shall be received in any proceedings in any court without further proof of—

(i) the determination,

(ii) the signature of the Director or the person to whom paragraph (b) relates, as the case may be, or

(iii) where relevant, the delegation to which paragraph (b) relates.”,

and

(e) by deleting subsection (6).

(2) The provisions of the Act of 2004 referred to in column (2) of Part 3 of the Schedule are amended in the manner referred to in column (3) of that Part opposite the reference in column (2) to the provision concerned.

49.

Amendment of section 124 (enforcement of determination orders) of Act of 2004

49. Section 124 of the Act of 2004 is amended in subsection (7) by inserting “, including an order for possession of a dwelling the subject of a determination order,” after “ancillary or other orders”.

50.

Amendment of section 151 (functions of Board) of Act of 2004

50. Section 151 of the Act of 2004 is amended by inserting the following paragraph after paragraph (c):

“(ca) the making of reports to the Minister under section 24A,

(cb) the publication of statistics under section 114A,”.

PART 4

Amendments to Housing Finance Agency Act 1981

51.

Amendments to Housing Finance Agency Act 1981

51. The Housing Finance Agency Act 1981 is amended—

(a) in section 1 by inserting the following definition after the definition of “house”:

“‘Housing Agency’ has the same meaning as it has in the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013;”,

(b) in section 1 by inserting the following definition after the definition of “housing authority”:

“‘institution of higher education’ has the same meaning as it has in the Higher Education Authority Act 1971;”,

(c) in section 4(2)(c) by inserting the following after subparagraph (iii):

“(iv) to an institution of higher education, to be used by it in respect of the provision or management of housing accommodation for students, including the acquisition of land by such an institution for that purpose,

(v) to the Housing Agency, to be used by it for the purpose of the performance of its functions,”,

and

(d) in section 5 by deleting “or” where it last occurs in paragraph (d), by substituting “that Act,” for “that Act” in paragraph (e), and by inserting the following after paragraph (e):

“(f) an institution of higher education, to be used by it in respect of the provision or management of housing accommodation for students, including the acquisition of land by such an institution for that purpose, or

(g) the Housing Agency, to be used by it for the purpose of the performance of its functions with the approval of both the Minister and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, in accordance with such terms and conditions relating to the acquisition of houses as stand approved of for the purposes of this section.”.

PART 5

Amendments to Local Government Act 1998

52.

Amendments to Local Government Act 1998

52. The Local Government Act 1998 is amended in subsection (2C) (inserted by section 7 of the Motor Vehicle (Duties and Licences) Act 2013) of section 6—

(a) by substituting for paragraph (a) (inserted by section 44 of the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015) the following:

“(a) Subject to paragraphs (b) and (c), the Minister may, on or before 31 January 2017, pursuant to a request from the Minister for Finance, make one, or more than one, payment from the Fund in the amount requested by the Minister for Finance.”,

and

(b) by substituting for paragraph (c) (inserted by the said section 44) the following:

“(c) The total amount of all payments made under paragraph (a) shall not exceed €420 million in respect of the year ending 31 December 2016.”.

SCHEDULE

Consequential Amendments to Residential Tenancies Act 2004

Section 37

PART 1

Amendments relating to Amendment of section 28 of Act of 2004

Reference No

Provision

Amendment

(1)

(2)

(3)

1

Section 34(b)(ii)

Substitute “6 years” for “4 years”.

2

Section 40(1)

Substitute “6 year period” for “4 year period”.

3

Section 41

Subsection (1)

Substitute “6 year period” for “4 year period”.

4

Subsection (3)

Substitute “6 year period” for “4 year period”.

5

Subsection (4)

Substitute “6 years” for “4 years” in both places where it occurs.

6

Section 43

Substitute “6 years” for “4 years” in both places where it occurs.

7

Section 45

Subsection (1)

Substitute “6 years” for “4 years”.

8

Subsection (4)

Substitute “6 years” for “4 years” in both places where it occurs.

9

Section 47(5)

Substitute “6 years” for “4 years” in both places where it occurs.

10

Table

Substitute “6 years” for “4 years” in paragraph 2.

PART 2

Amendments relating to repeal of section 42 of Act of 2004

Section 41

Reference No.

Provision

Amendment

(1)

(2)

(3)

1

Section 40(2)

Substitute “A reference in section 41(4) to section 34 or Chapter 3 is a reference” for “References in sections 41(4) and 42 to section 34 or Chapter 3 are references”.

2

Section 41

Subsection (4)

Delete “(b) or” in paragraph (a).

3

Subsection (4)

Delete paragraph (b).

4

Section 44

Substitute “section 34 or Chapter 3” for “section 34, Chapter 3 or section 42”.

5

Section 45

Subsection (4)

Delete “(b) or” in paragraph (a).

6

Subsection (4)

Delete paragraph (b).

7

Section 47

Subsection (4)

Delete.

8

Subsection (6)

Delete.

9

Table

Delete “or 42” in paragraph 1.

10

Section 55(2)

Substitute:

“(2) A termination under section 34 on one or more of the grounds specified in paragraphs 2 to 6 of the Table to that section of a Part 4 tenancy or a further Part 4 tenancy shall not be regarded as a termination of that tenancy for the purposes of section 17(1)(a) of the Landlord and Tenant (Amendment) Act 1980.”.

PART 3

Amendments relating to the Board and the Director

Section 48

Reference No.

Provision

Amendment

(1)

(2)

(3)

1

Section 95(5)

Substitute “Director” for “Board”.

2

Section 96

Subsection (1)

Substitute in paragraph (a) “Director” for “Board”.

3

Subsection (1)

Substitute “the Director shall prepare” for “the Board shall prepare”.

4

Subsection (2)

Substitute in paragraph (b) “to the Director” for “to the Board”.

5

Section 99(4)

Substitute “Director” for “Board”.

6

Section 109

Subsection (2)

Substitute in paragraph (d)(vi) “the Director must, from the date of receipt by the Board” for “the Board must, from the date of receipt by it”.

7

Subsection (2)

Substitute in paragraph (d)(ix) “the Director must, from the date of receipt by the Board” for “the Board must, from the date of receipt by it”.

8

Section 123

Subsection (5)

Substitute “direct the Director” for “direct the Board”.

9

Subsection (5)

Substitute “the Director shall cancel” for “the Board shall cancel”.

10

Subsection (6)

Substitute “Director” for “Board” in each place where it occurs.

11

Subsection (7)

Substitute in paragraph (a) “issued by the Director” for “issued by it”.

12

Section 125(2)

Insert “direct the Director to” after “The powers mentioned in subsection (1) are to”.

13

Section 159(1)

Delete “, 121”.

14

Section 176(3)

Delete in paragraph (b) “sealed and”.