The Derelict Sites Act 1990 which was enacted in June 1990 provides for more effective arrangements against land dereliction. It repeals the Derelict Sites Act 1961 and restates its relevant provisions thus consolidating the law on derelict sites and provides for an annual levy on certain derelict sites in urban areas.
A “derelict site” means any land which detracts, or is likely to detract, to a material degree from the amenity, character or appearance of land in the neighbourhood of the land in question because of:
- The existence on the land in question of structures which are in a ruinous, derelict or dangerous condition, or
- The neglected, unsightly or objectionable condition of land or any structures on the land in question, or
- The presence, deposit or collection on the land in question of any litter, rubbish, debris or waste, except where the presence, deposit or collection of such litter, rubbish, debris or waste results from the exercise of a right conferred by statute or common law.