Municipal Districts Operations & Rural Development

Derelict Sites & Dangerous Structures

Derelict Sites

A Derelict Site means any property or land which detracts, or is likely to detract, to a material degree from the amenity, character, or appearance of land in the neighbourhood in question because of neglected or unsightly condition.

Under Section 9 of the Derelict Sites Act 1990 property owners have an obligation to take all reasonable steps to ensure that their property does not become, or continue to be a derelict site within the definition of the Act.

If you want to report a Derelict Site, please contact the Town Regeneration Office of Cork County Council by emailing with as much information as possible about the derelict site in question. 

What are the steps to putting a site on the Derelict Site Register?

  1. A complaint is received by Cork County Council
  2. An inspection is carried out to ascertain the condition of the site
  3. If not derelict, file is closed and complainant is informed
  4. If derelict, efforts to identify and contact owners commence
  5. Depending on the circumstances of the site in question and its ownership status, the local authority may serve legal notices under the Derelict Sites Act
  6. A derelict site may be added to the Derelict Sites Register at the discretion of the local authority
  7. Levies may be applied at a rate of 7% of the market value of the derelict site.

Derelict Sites Register Map

Dangerous Structures 

The Local Government (Sanitary Services) Act, 1964 provides for Local Authorities to deal with dangerous structures. A Notice can be served on owners of property deemed to be dangerous requiring that specific works to eliminate danger (Section 3(1) notice) be carried out thereby rendering the property safe. The provisions of the Act:

  1. Enable a prosecution to be brought against owners who do not comply with notices served
  2. Require a register to be maintained by the Local Authority
  3. Empower the Local Authority to carry out the necessary works itself and to charge the owners for the cost
  4. Empower compulsory purchase of land on which a dangerous structure was/is located

Further information is available from: 

You can contact your Municipal District Office should you require further information.