What is the Non Principal Private Residence or NPPR charge?
This was an annual charge applied from 2009 to 2013 in respect of residential property that was not the owner’s only or main residence in those years. This Non-Principal Private Residence charge or NPPR was introduced by the Local Government (Charges) Act 2009 to go towards funding local authority services. In 2012 and 2013, it was payable along with other property taxes, as follows:
2014 - NPPR
There is no NPPR Charge for 2014.
The annual NPPR charge of €200 per property applies for all years 2009-2013 and is payable online at www.nppr.ie or by completing the relevant form available in the FAQ section of the same website.
Forms are also available in any Donegal County Council offices.
Please click NPPR Exemption Criteria to view the criteria to be submitted for seeking a Certificate of Exemption from the NPPR Charge.
Grace Period Deadline 31st August 2014
In order to maximise compliance and encourage payment of outstanding NPPR charge arrears, Section 74 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 provides for a period, from 2nd March 2014 to 31st August 2014, during which time no new late payment penalties will be applied to existing NPPR liabilities. This will provide an opportunity for owners to regularise their situation with the local authority.
If payment is not made in full by 31st August 2014 or arrangements made to regularise the situation, an additional late payment fee of €120 per liability date is applied on 1st September 2014. In addition, the entire NPPR liability is increased by a factor of 50% and then frozen.
Donegal County Council advises that making contact with their offices by e-mail or telephone before the deadline can freeze any additional penalties that might otherwise come into effect on 1st September.
The six month period during which further NPPR late penalties cease to accumulate in respect of non compliant properties is due to expire at midnight on Sunday 31st August 2014.
Persons wishing to settle their liability can still do so online at www.nppr.ie
Significant numbers have paid the NPPR liability since the 1st March and many more payments are being processed at present.
Donegal County Council is aware that many more people want to settle their NPPR liabilities before the expiry of the deadline on 31st August.
Some people may need to clarify aspects of the liability and as a consequence significant numbers of people are contacting Donegal County Council by telephone. Due to the huge increase in the numbers calling our offices, not all callers will get through and we apologise for this inconvenience.
Contact by Telephone
To facilitate callers, Donegal County Council will be taking calls from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 30 August 2014. To contact the Council on Saturday 30 August 2014 you must call one of the following numbers:
074 91 72247
074 91 72234
074 91 94245
Although the Council will not be taking calls on Sunday 31 August 2014, callers can leave a voicemail message with their own contact details and details of the property they want to register at the following numbers:
074 91 94245
074 97 24409
Contact by Email
Any person who wishes to settle their NPPR liability and cannot get through to us by telephone can have further late penalties frozen by making contact with either the National Bureau by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by e-mailing Donegal County Council at email@example.com before the expiry of the deadline on 31st August indicating the property for which they want to settle the NPPR liability and giving their contact details.
Contact by Post
Any person who doesn’t have access to e-mail may correspond in writing with us at Donegal County Council, County House, Lifford, or to any of the Public Service Centres in Letterkenny, Milford, Dungloe, Donegal Town or Carndonagh by the deadline of 31st August.
Staff dealing with the NPPR liability will make contact as soon as possible after 1st September to make the arrangements for settling the liability.
Donegal County Council will deal with all cases presented to them on an individual basis taking into account the circumstances of the property owner.
Full details of the charges applicable can be found in the FAQs on the NPPR website www.nppr.ie.
How can I pay my NPPR Charge?
You can pay your NPPR Charge in any one of the following ways:
Any queries relating to the NPPR charge in Donegal can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org