Derelict Sites

Derelict Site Definition

The Derelict Sites Act, 1990, defines a derelict site as any land that “detracts, or is likely to detract, to a material degree from the amenity, character or appearance of land in the neighbourhood of the land in question because of”:

Structures which are in a ruinous, derelict or dangerous condition, or

The neglected, unsightly or objectionable condition of the land or of structures on it, or

The presence, deposit or collection of litter, rubbish, debris or waste

The Council can force owners to clean up these sites. It may prosecute owners who do not comply with notices served, to purchase land compulsorily; and to carry out necessary work themselves and charge the owners for the cost.



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

Remove, damage or deface a notice posted by the local authority regarding a derelict site.

Fail to carry out the measures required by the local authority to prevent a property from being classed as derelict within an allotted time.

Fail to notify the local authority of the transfer of land or interest in land (other than by will or on an intestacy) from one person to another. Both parties must notify the local authority in writing within 4 weeks of the transfer.

Fail to notify the local authority of the transfer of land or interest in land by will or on an intestacy. The new owner must notify the local authority in writing within 6 months and the representative of the person under whose will or upon whose intestacy the transfer occurred must notify the local authority in writing within 2 months.

Prevent an authorised person from entering or carrying out authorised business on the derelict site.

Anyone who commits an offence under this Act can be prosecuted by the local authority.


Compulsory Purchase

The local authority can buy a derelict site in its area, either by agreement with the owner or by compulsory purchase. It must advertise the details of any proposed compulsory purchase in the local newspaper and send a notice to the owner or occupier of the land, giving information about how and where to object to the purchase. If an objection is made, the local authority cannot buy the land without the consent of An Bord Pleanála.

If An Bord Pleanála approves the compulsory purchase and the local authority has dealt with any objections received, the local authority can buy the land, using a vesting order.


Derelict Sites Levy

The derelict sites levy amounts to 3% of the market value of the land concerned. The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government may prescribe a higher percentage, which cannot be more than 10% of the market value.

Derelict Site Register

File ReferenceAddress of Derelict Site
DS 003 Ballinafad, Co Sligo
DS 008 Main Street, Enniscrone, Co Sligo
DS 019 Ardnaglass Upper, Grange, Co Sligo
DS 020 Tawnymucklagh, Monasterraden, Co Sligo
DS 44 15, Connolly Park, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo
DS 046 Carrowhubbock South, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo 
DS 047 The Hollow, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo
DS 073 Kilboglashy, Ballisodare
DS 074 Old Street, Collooney, Co Sligo
DS 080 Cissy's Macs Drumcliffe
DS 100 Property at High Street/Market Street (old Savoy Cinema)
DS 108 35-42 Holborn Street, Sligo
DS 112 10, Chapel Street, Sligo
DS 113 11, Chapel Street, Sligo
DS 114 12, Chapel Street, Sligo
DS 116 Westgardens, Sligo
DS 117 Westgardens/Market Street, Sligo
DS 118 Westgardens/Market Street, Sligo
DS 123  36, St. John's Terrace, Sligo
DS 151 113, Garavogue Villas, Sligo
DS 160 18, Connolly Park, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo
DS 168 22 Market Street, Sligo
DS 175 61, St. Joseph's Terrace, Sligo
DS 178 7 Knock Terrace, Wolfe Tone Street
DS 187 1, Charles Street, Abbeyquarter, Sligo
DS 189 29, Chapel Street, Sligo
DS 104 Former Creche, Rathbraughan Park
DS 192A 1, Lower Quay Street, Sligo
DS 192B 2, Lower Quay Street, Sligo
DS 218 No. 38, St. Joseph's Terrace, Sligo
DS 195 No. 9, Church Street, Sligo