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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 27 November 2018

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Ceisteanna (633)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

633. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the changes he is considering making to the exemptions in SI 582 of 2015 in relation to the definition of "excluded" in section 3 of the instrument; if this will require persons who have second homes that they let for more than a certain period each year to get specific planning permission for this activity; the consideration he has given to the possible effect of this on rural areas that have a high dependency on tourism; the discussions he has had with the Minister for Rural and Community Development on the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49493/18]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I have no plans to amend the provisions of the Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 582 of 2015) at this time.  However, I understand that the Deputy is referring to the recent announcement in relation to proposed planning related reforms in respect of short-term letting.

Under Action 18 of the Strategy for the Rental Sector, a Working Group was established, involving representatives of all major public stakeholders with a policy interest in short-term lettings, to develop guidance in relation to planning applications, changes of use relating to short-term lettings and to examine the need for new regulatory arrangements.

Proposals under consideration by the Working Group have been aimed at facilitating short-term letting of accommodation within permanent residences, known as homesharing, while protecting the existing stock of residential property in areas of high demand.

Having considered the Group's report as well as the recommendations in the report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government on short-term lettings, I recently announced plans to introduce a “one host, one home” model in areas where there is high housing demand.

Homesharing will continue to be permissible for a person’s primary residence, and such home-sharers will have to now register with their local authority. In addition, an annual cap of 90 days will apply for the renting out on a short-term basis of a person's entire home where it is their primary residence, with such short-term lets being restricted to periods of 14 days or less at a time.

Where a person owns a second property and intends to let it as a short-term letting, they will require planning permission to do so unless it already has planning permission to be used for tourism or short-term letting purposes. Planning permission for a change of use to short-term letting can be sought and it will be up to each local planning authority to consider such applications, based on guidance that will issue from my Department, taking account of housing demand pressures in the area and other relevant factors such as cumulative impacts.

These proposed changes will not affect the operation of holiday homes as typically understood, or longer-term flexible lettings which are provided for those coming to Ireland under employment contracts.

It is intended that the proposed new planning changes will come into effect on 1 June 2019, to allow property owners sufficient lead-in time to prepare for and adapt to the proposed new laws. In addition to the making of revised draft exempted development planning regulations, which are being progressed, amendments to primary legislation will also be introduced which will underpin and strengthen the new proposals and this element of the changes proposed is currently being developed.

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