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Taking In Charge

What does "Taking in Charge" mean ?

The term “Taking in Charge” means that the Council assumes liability and responsibility for the roads, services, footpaths and public areas associated with a particular estate.

When a residential development is fully completed in accordance with all the conditions and particulars of the planning permission, the developer or the majority of home owners may make a written request to the Council to have the estate “Taken in Charge”.

Residential developments consisting of two or more dwellings that have been granted planning permission under Section 34 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, may be eligible (depending on the conditions attached to the planning permission) for taking in charge.

What are the services and structures usually subject to taking in charge?

Examples of service and structures taken in charge by a local authority include:

  • Roads and footpaths
  • Public Lighting
  • Sewers, watermains and service connections (in agreement with Uisce Éireann)
  • Stormwater drainage
  • Playgrounds (if relevant)
  • Open spaces and green areas
  • Car parks
  • Fire services including fire hydrants

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and the position may vary by housing development.

What estates in Waterford are "Taken in Charge" ?

Please see the latest list of estates and developments taken in charge across Waterford.

Download latest Taken in Charge list (July 2024) Download Taken in Charge policy


Where can I learn more ?

The Housing Agency and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage have produced “Planning Leaflet 15” which is entitled ‘A Guide to Taking in Charge of Completed Residential Developments’.

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A Guide to Taking in Charge of Completed Residential Developments