The Lagos Government has started taxing residents of the state for car parks on property setbacks, SaharaReporters learned on Wednesday.
It was gathered the charge per slot differs depending on the location. It could be as high as N100,000 and as low as N80,000 per parking slot annually with a nonrefundable N50,000 payment for processing charge.
Setback ordinances are property laws that govern property boundary lines. A setback is a minimum distance from the property line that a structure can be built, according to Legal Match.
letter to the Manager, Nellies, 95, plot 6, Omorinre Johnson Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lekki, with Ref: No: LASPA/OPS/PP/01/22, dated August 15, 2022, stated: “The Lagos State Parking Authority, established under the law to consolidate all that relating to parking and its connected purposes with powers and functions, clearly state that the Authority shall, among others, be responsible for all forms of managed parking in the State.
“Given the above, and in line with the administration’s policy in moving Lagos State towards a 21st-century economy to align with the first pillar of THEME’S Agenda of which transportation is key, your organization is hereby served this demand notice for the setback parking (Off-Street) in front of your premises before the commencement of enforcement action.
“Based on the inspection, we identified Three (3) parking slots on your setback at the rate of N80,000 per slot per annum totaling N240,000.00 (Two Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira) only.
“Also, a non-refundable Administrative/Processing fee of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only applies based on your location totaling N290,000.00 (Two Hundred and Ninety Thousand Naira) only payable for the year 2022 to be paid into Lagos State Parking Authority account within seven (7) days of receiving this letter.”
The demand notice also provided two bank accounts; one in Globus Bank and another in Polaris Bank.
“It’s not like they built a park and charge people but you have to pay for your own space in your compound after driving on bad roads,” a resident lamented.