Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) Solicitors, Ireland

Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) Solicitors, Ireland

The process of mandatory property acquisition is intricate and demands a nuanced understanding of the legal and procedural elements involved, whether you’re advocating for or contesting a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).

Our property experts can provide expert advice in relation to CPOs.

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What is a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in Ireland?

In Ireland, a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) is a legal mechanism that empowers specific statutory bodies, such as local councils or government agencies, to acquire land or property without the consent of the owner.

This procedure is typically undertaken to facilitate public infrastructure projects that serve the greater good, such as road enhancements throughout Ireland or urban development initiatives like the LUAS and bus corridors in Dublin.

Given the intricate legal and procedural landscape surrounding CPOs, it’s imperative to consult with experts if you find yourself subject to one.

Our Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) solicitors are based in Dublin, Wicklow & Wexford

The Augustus Cullen Law property team can advise you on all aspects of CPOs, no matter which statutory body has served it, anywhere in Ireland.

Our experts can assist you with:

  • Attending oral hearings
  • Pursuing compensation
  • Assessing the true valuation of the property by engaging experts such as valuers, engineers, planners, surveyors and environmental consultants.
  • Your dealings with the relevant local authorities
  • Objecting to the CPO

Our firm is renowned for its experience and competence as property solicitors. We understand how worrying CPOs can be and we aim to alleviate those concerns whilst pursuing the best outcome for our clients.

Recent developments in Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) legislation in Ireland

The Law Reform Commission (LRC) has published recommendations aimed at improving the Compulsory Purchase Order system in Ireland. One key recommendation is the adoption of a vesting order procedure for land acquisition, which would expedite the process resulting in the acquiring authority having a period of 12 months from a confirmed CPO to proceed to acquisition.  

The LRC also suggests that an advance payment, constituting no less than 90% of the estimated compensation, should be made to the landowner at or near the time the owner loses title to their land. While these recommendations have not yet been enacted, they indicate potential future changes that could significantly impact both landowners and acquiring authorities.

You can learn more about this at: Law Reform Commission compulsory acquisition of land report

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