Locals-only rules. Some local authorities make it a pre-requisite that you be from the local area or work within it. European Union rules should see this requirement removedin the coming year.
Council fees. Check how much your local authority will charge you for the upkeep of roads and other amenities related to your building new. Water connection fees can be prohibitive in some areas also. That said Irish Water is about to introduce a flat feefor water connections across ROI.
Astrid Madsen is the editor of SelfBuild & Improve Your Home 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 email@example.com