Derelict and Vacant Sites

The Council employs a number of different mechanisms to deal with vacant properties, and to encourage the appropriate activation of sites.  These are as follows: 

Vacant sites register

  • This can be applied to zoned, serviced sites, greater than 0.05 hectares (0.12 of an acre) in size
  • In Kilkenny, this means VSR applies only to Kilkenny city, Callan, Castlecomer, Graiguenamanagh, Thomastown, Ferrybank and Rosbercon (New Ross)
  • Can apply to either residentially zoned land, or other zoned land (e.g. commercial) if the site is causing an adverse effect.
  • Vacant sites register & more info is available here
  • Maps are available of the live vacant sites at that link
  • Legislation governing this is the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act, 2015
  • Contact the Planning department for more info:


Derelict sites register

  • Legislation governing this is the Derelict Sites Act, 1990
  • Can apply to 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”
  • Derelict sites register is available for inspection in the Planning dept. and online here
  • Applies across the county, no site size threshold
  • Contact the Planning department for more info:


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