The Lagos State Government has begun taxing residents of the state for car parks located on property setbacks at their residences. The cost per slot varies depending on location, according to a memo seen by Lagos Reporters on Thursday. Each parking space could cost up to N100,000 or as little as N80,000 per year, plus a processing fee of N50,000 that is not refundable.
Titled “Parking Permit And Demand Notice,” and signed by Adebisi Adelabu, General Manager, Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA), the memo addressed to the general manager of a Lekki-based business organization stated that residents have only seven days to pay once served with the notice.
“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 states that the Authority shall, among others, be responsible for all forms of managed parking in the State.
“In view of 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,” the statement read.
“Based on 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 a period of seven (7) days of receiving this letter.”
Setback ordinances are laws that govern how properties are bordered. A setback is the shortest distance that a structure can be built from the property line, according to Legal Match.
In 2021 when LASPA was created, the state government said it established the agency to police parking infractions and crimes in the state.
Providing two bank details in the memo for payment of the dues, the agency also directed payees to attach proof of payment to process their permit.