Planning and Development Act, 2000

Power to direct payment of certain costs in relation to oral hearing.

219.—(1) Where an oral hearing is held under section 218 , the Board may in its absolute discretion direct the payment of such sum as it considers reasonable by a local authority concerned in the oral hearing—

(a) to the Board towards the costs incurred by the Board in holding the hearing,

(b) to any person appearing at the hearing as a contribution towards the costs, other than the costs referred to in section 135 , incurred by that person,

and the local authority shall pay the sum.

(2) A reference to costs in subsection (1) shall be construed and have effect as a reference to such costs as the Board in its absolute discretion considers to be reasonable costs.

(3) Where a local authority fails to pay a sum as directed in accordance with subsection (1), the Board or any other person concerned (as may be appropriate) may recover the sum as a simple contract debt in any court of competent jurisdiction.