Development Contributions

Cork City Council operates a General Development Contribution Scheme (GDCS)  and Supplementary Development Contribution Scheme (SDCS) to part fund the provision of public infrastructure and facilities in the City.  All planning permissions are subject to this scheme, including permissions granted on appeal by An Bord Pleanála, unless exempt in accordance with the provisions of the scheme.

Current Scheme 2018- 2021

Previous schemes:

Development Contribution Scheme 2017-20212

Development Contribution Scheme 2017-20211

Development Contribution Scheme 2015-2016

Cork City Council has prepared a Development Contribution Scheme (Draft Amended) and a Supplementary Development Contribution Scheme (Draft Amended) 2020-2022 in accordance with the provisions of Section 48 and 49 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended).  Details can be found on the Council’s public consultation portal

How to pay Development Contributions

Contributions are payable prior to commencement of developments or under an agreed payment plan.  Contact to outline your payment options

Your Customer Account Number must be referenced when making any form of payment.

The following payment options are available:

EFT Details

BankAIB, 66 South Mall Cork
AccountCork City Council Local Fund
IBANIE30 AIBK 9341 7880 9080 86
Account No80908086

By Post- Cheques or Bank Drafts should be made payable to Cork City Council and forwarded to the Planning Department, Development Contributions, City Hall, Anglesea St, Cork.

In Person- At the Planning Department, City Hall.

Cork City Council would like to remind customers that cheques are expensive means of payment for both recipients and issuers.  Electronic payments are secure, less costly and more convenient.

What are Development Contributions Schemes?

Development Contribution Schemes are programs adopted by the Council in accordance with the provisions of Sections 48 and 49 of the Planning & Development Act 2000, (as amended).

They provide a legal basis for the process whereby developers and others are required to financially contribute towards the cost of providing public infrastructure and facilities that will benefit development within their area.

Such schemes increase flexibility for Local Authorities in relation to the range of projects that can be funded from development levies, by allowing authorities to fund public infrastructure without necessarily tying it to a specific development.

Development Contribution Schemes also provide greater transparency and clarity when levies are assessed and applied to development, which allows developers to establish in advance what level of financial contributions may be applicable to a particular project.

They help ensure that Local Authorities can manage and maintain growth by providing key infrastructure to support local economies and communities. 

The contribution rates as detailed in the scheme are subject to a quarterly adjustment using consumer price index (CPI) as published by the Central Statistics Office.  

CPI Rates 2020


SDC Residential

SDC Retail

January - March




April -June




July -Septmeber




The current Development Contribution Scheme 2018-2021 was adopted by the Council on the 9th July 2018 and all decisions to grant planning permission made on or after 9th July 2018 will be subject to conditions of the Scheme. The permission date of grant determines the applicable development contribution scheme.