How to apply for a local authority serviced site

The Croí Cónaithe Towns Fund now makes serviced sites available at a discounted rate to people looking to build their home in a rural town or village in ROI.

Local authorities are making serviced sites, i.e. sites with the necessary infrastructure such as electricity, water and wastewater, available in towns and villages to people who want to move to a rural area. The site must be used to self-build their home to live in.

The Ready to Build scheme (Serviced Sites for New Homes) subsidises the cost of buying a site by servicing it for free. The maximum discount off the sale price is €30,000.

The government previously said the plan would make 2,000 sites available by 2025.


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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