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Published in Construction on 12/02/2018

Living City Initiative Tax Incentive Scheme

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CNI reports

Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath, Mícheál Mac Donncha hosted an event in the Mansion House to promote the revised Living City Initiative (LCI) tax incentive scheme.

The event coincides with a launch which includes a new updated guide to the revised tax incentive scheme. This easy to use guide, developed by the LCI Unit within Dublin City Council, will assist property owners and investors to avail of the scheme and encourage the re-use of buildings in designated Special Regeneration Areas (SRAs) in Dublin city centre.

Speaking at the launch an tArdmhéara said “At the present time when availability of housing has become an even more critical issue for communities, it is vital that Dublin City Council engages actively with property owners and investors to maximise the uptake of available grants and incentives to bring underused properties back into full use. This guide is a welcome addition to the information already available to the public on the various schemes that are on offer.”

The LCI tax incentive scheme, introduced in 2015 by the Department of Finance, applies to designated SRA’s in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Kilkenny.  The scheme has been revised to include landlords in order to increase the take-up in respect of rented residential property.  The restriction on the maximum floor size of the property has also been removed, along with the requirement that the property must have been previously used as a dwelling.  The minimum amount of expenditure for refurbishment/conversion works was also amended and now need only exceed €5,000 to qualify for the scheme.

The LCI Unit has set up a ‘One Stop Shop’ Advisory Team with staff from all relevant Departments within the Council including Planning and Property Development, Architects, Fire Prevention, Building Control , Conservation and Valuers.  The Team will meet with owners/investors and advise on statutory planning and development requirements such as Planning Regulations and Building Regulations in relation to any proposed refurbishment or conversion works before these works commence.

It is a FREE service but an appointment must be made by contacting the Living City Initiative Unit at E: livingcityinitiative@dublincity.ie    T: (01) 222 3480

For details of the Tax Incentive Scheme see:  www.dublincity.ie/livingcit