Tuesday, 8 February 2022
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
845. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position of his Department, the expected impact and mitigation measures his Department intends to introduce with regard to privately owned farmland being within the remit of the zoned residential land tax from 2024; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6727/22]
One of a range of measures within the Housing for All Strategy, the objective of the Residential Zoned Land Tax is to provide an incentive to landowners to build homes. It applies only to serviced land that is zoned suitable for residential development.
The Department Of Housing, Planning and Local Government estimates that it is expected to impact 7,000 hectares to 8,000 hectares of farmland, or less than 0.2% of such land in the country.
Local authorities will prepare maps so that landowners will know if their land is within scope. The legislation provides an opportunity to landowners to request a variation of the zoning of their land prior to the commencement of the tax.
Should a farmer believe that the residential zoning of their land is inappropriate, they may avail of this opportunity to have the zoning status of their land considered by the local authority.