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Taking Charge of Roads / Estates

Taking Charge refers to Meath County Council assuming responsibility for the upkeep of roads and services within a housing development.

The Process

The taking-in-charge process begins with a request by the developer or a majority of home owners to have the roads and services taken in charge by the Council.

The developer sends in an as-built record of the development and a CCTV survey of the drains and sewers. The Council then checks that the development meets the required standards for taking in charge.

Citizens may also request that an estate be taken in charge by way of a plebiscite (written ballot) of the majority of home owners in an estate.

Section 180 of the Planning and Development Acts taking in charge legislation

Home Owners Application

The application form must be accompanied with the signatures of the majority of the home owners (not tenants)

Developer Application

The application form must be accompanied by a

  • Certificate of Infrastructure Compliance
  • Certificate of Planning Compliance
  • Certificate of Development Standard

along with as-built drawings, CCTV and other relevant documentation.

How to Check if a road has been taken in charge or obtain a Taking in Charge Certificate

If you are buying a house and need to check if the road is managed by Meath County Council (“taken in charge”), you can request a Taking in Charge Certificate, which your solicitor will usually request.

A Taking In Charge Certificate informs you whether roads and services are in charge of Meath County Council

In order to obtain a Certificate, please submit the following

  • Letter with a location map highlighting the land/property and showing the roads in question
  • A fee of €70

Requests can be e-mailed or posted to addresses below

Meath County Council,
Transportation Department,
Buvinda House,
Dublin Road,
Co. Meath
C15 Y291

Notice of Declaration of Public Roads 2020

Notice is hereby given that Meath County Council proposes to make a declaration that the roads in the following named housing developments should be public roads.

Maps showing the roads proposed to be made public may be inspected at the following location during normal working/office hours from Monday, February 17th, 2020 until Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 and shall also be available to view online

  • Laytown/Bettystown Municipal District Offices, Duleek Civic Office, Main Street, Duleek, Co. Meath
  • Kells Municipal District Offices, Kells Civic Offices, Headfort Place, Kells, Co. Meath
  • Ratoath Municipal District Offices, Drumree Road, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath.
  • Ashbourne Municipal District Offices, Killegland St., Ashbourne, Co. Meath.
  • Trim Municipal District Offices, Mornington House, Summerhill Rd., Trim, Co. Meath
  • Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Dublin Road,  Navan, Co. Meath

This process provides for the above estates and roads to be taken in charge pursuant to the requirements of Planning & Development Acts, Roads Acts and the Water Services Acts.

Objections or representations to the proposed declaration may be made in writing to the Senior Executive Officer, Planning Department, Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath on or before Wednesday, April 1st, 2020.

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