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Standard Connection Charges Refund

Temporary Time-Limited Refund in respect of Standard Connection Charges for Residential Development

Introduction

As per Circular PL 02/2024, issued on 30th April 2024, the Government has approved a new package of housing support measures to incentivise the commencement of housing developments and help reduce housing construction costs, including the introduction of temporary time-limited arrangements for the refund of Uisce Éireann (UÉ) Standard Connection Charges.

This temporary refund Scheme applies to permitted residential developments that:

  • commence on site between 25 April 2023 (the date of the Government Decision approving the measure) and 30 September 2024; and
  • are completed not later than 31 December 2026.
  • Applications to UÉ for refunds can only be accepted up to 31 December 2024

The Scheme does not apply to applicable Quotable Charges and/or surety requirements specified in connection agreements.

Single Domestic customers who have a valid connection offer with Uisce Éireann and meet the scheme criteria may apply for a waiver for their standard connection charges only. Where a quotable charge forms part of the connection offer this must be paid up front to allow processing of the waiver and delivery of the connection(s) by Uisce Éireann to progress. Refer to Uisce Éireann – Single Domestic Waiver Scheme Criteria below for further detail.

Uisce Éireann - Scheme Criteria

Multi Unit Residential Developments and Single Domestic Customers that have paid their connection charges

Customers seeking a refund for Water and/or Wastewater Standard Connection Charges as part of this Scheme will be required to have entered into a Connection Agreement with UÉ and have met all the acceptance criteria, including:

  • Payment of the Connection Charge;
  • Return of Letter of Acceptance;
  • Payment of any required surety/security; and
  • any other conditions as set out within the Connection Offer letter.

Customers seeking a Connection Refund from UÉ shall be required to submit the following via email to connectionrefundscheme@water.ie;

1. Connection Refund Scheme Application Form along with a Site Layout drawing (PDF format) indicating the residential unit(s) associated with this Refund Application.

2. A signed copy of the UÉ Letter of Undertaking for Connection Refund Scheme committing to repay any monies refunded by UÉ if the Scheme criteria are not met (Section B of the Refund Application form).

3. Submit a signed and stamped Local Authority Letter of Approval as part of the refund application in accordance with the Temporary Time-Limited Waiver in respect of Development Contributions and as set out in Circular PL08/2023 (Appendix 6). The Local Authority Letter of Approval shall be for the same development details as contained within the Refund Application and will determine the level of refund to be processed by UÉ.

4. Submit a valid Commencement Notice for the development as part of the refund application, together with a printout of your Commencement Notice from the Building Control Management System.

5. For housing developments that are exempt under the Development Contribution Waiver Scheme, e.g., social housing, you will be required to submit appropriate documentation as part of the refund application from the relevant Local Authority Planning and or Housing Department detailing the number of houses that will be built under the terms of the applicable scheme to enable you to submit a Refund Application to UÉ. Any documentation provided should relate to the Development specified in the Refund Application.

Uisce Éireann – Single Domestic Waiver Scheme Criteria

Single Domestic Customers may seek a waiver for Water and/or Wastewater Standard Connection Charges as part of this Scheme where they meet the government scheme criteria as per Circular PL 02/2024. Where a waiver is sought the applicant will be required to have a valid Connection Offer with UÉ and have met all the acceptance criteria, including:

  • payment of any Quotable Connection Charges (if applicable and as set out within Appendix 4 of the Connection Offer);
  • return of Letter of Acceptance; and
  • any other conditions as set out within the Connection Offer letter.
  • Customers seeking a Waiver from UÉ shall be required to submit the following via email to connectionrefundscheme@water.ie;
  1. Single Domestic Dwelling Waiver Application Form, along with a Site Layout drawing (PDF format) indicating the residential unit(s) associated with this Waiver Application.
  2. A signed copy of the UÉ Letter of Undertaking for Connection Refund Scheme committing to repay any monies waived by UÉ if the Scheme criteria are not met (Section B of the Waiver Application form).
  3. Submit a signed and stamped Local Authority Letter of Approval as part of the waiver application in accordance with the Temporary Time-Limited Waiver in respect of Development Contributions and as set out in Circular PL08/2023 (Appendix 6). The Local Authority Letter of Approval shall be for the same development details as contained within the Waiver Application and will allow the waiver to be processed by UÉ and connection(s) be delivered.