Re-Classifying a Conversion:
Ok, so you've spent months and months hard slog working away on a Van converting it to a Motorhome. Now you're pride and joy is finished you want to have it re-classified as a Motorhome for the tax rate and also less hassle for actually getting tax.
First things first. You will need to download and fill in Revenue's Declaration of Conversion by Vehicle Owner form.
It is very important that you fill this form in completely
, as revenue will have no qualms in bouncing you're application straight back to you with very little help as to why.
Things you need to know about this form:
If you have the C02 emissions on you're VLC, put them in. If its pre 2001, put in 999.
There is a table for Conversion details.(below)
You need to fill in the fields for Original
EU Vehicle Category:
For Original, this would be N1 if it was a panel van with a GVW <3500KG. You cannot re-classify anything bigger, according to their form. For Converted, it would be M1
No. of seats and seatbelt fittings are self explanatory
For Original, it would be BB (Van Lorry) and for Converted it will be SA
Mass In Service:
This is the unladen weight of the van including its driver before and after conversion. After my conversion my van was 2600KG, and I didn't know what the original was, so I guessed at 1900KG, it being a Transit 190L. You will need to have the van weighed at a recognized weigh bridge, and send them a copy of the ticket. Cold Chon are one of these, but you're local tax office will tell you the nearest one.
Windows and doors are self explanatory
Technically Permissible Maximum Laden Mass:
Basically, the GVW which is usually 3500KG. Its only needed once as this doesn't change.
Sign and date the form
The Van will also need to be inspected by a suitably qualified individual. Its documented in the form, but in fairness its easier to just have it done at an NSAI approved garage. You can get the list of these garages here.
Its worth calling in to them first and checking this out, as it could be news to them. This process is only recent and the revenue has not made it entirely clear that they should be doing this service, so there might be some head scratching. They will also charge for this, but its only a 5 minute exam to say that its definitely not a van anymore.
When the garage completes the form, they will need to stamp it, and it will need to be done on headed paper. If these two things are not done, it will be returned to you.
Take about ten photos of the van. Once from each side outside, and the four inside walls of it too, ensuring that you include the sink / cooker in one of the photographs.
Send all of this together, including you're VLC
in an envelope to:
Central Vehicle Office
It may take a week or two, but they will write back to you from you're local revenue office, telling you the VRT they decide that is applicable to you. Pop into the local revenue office with this, pay the fee and they'll give you a receipt.
You can appeal the amount of VRT they have charged, but only in writing after it has been paid.
In a couple of days, the Revenue will write a letter to you saying that they have been informed to write to you by Shannon, blah blah, and to bring the letter to the tax office so you can tax the van. Chances are, you'll need to explain the situation to the tax office in detail as it'll still show as a van on their system, but they can change it there and then.
You also are not currently required to have a DOE certificate to tax the camper, no matter what they say. If you look at the back of the form, it talks about the classes of vehicles that require one, and its not listed. Don't get snotty though, that won't help.....
And you're done. Van is taxed.