The NPPR charge applies to any residential property in which the owner does not reside as their normal place of residence such as holiday homes, second properties and rental properties. The charge also applies to vacant residential property and properties where the owners live abroad.
From September 1st additional penalties of over 50% are being added to existing arrears resulting in a liability of up to €7,230 per property becoming due.
A Clare County Council spokesperson said: "We would urge that anyone in doubt regarding their obligations should make immediate contact with their County or City Council as these severe penalties will be automatically applied in five months time."
"While the NPPR charge is based on self-declaration the Council is anxious that property owners avoid any further unnecessary penalties being applied," the spokesperson added.
Further information also is available from the website www.nppr.ie where the charge can be paid or registration forms downloaded.