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Covid-19 Waiver of Commercial Rates

A 100% waiver of commercial rates applies for a 6-month period from 27 March 2020 to 27 September 2020 to all ratepayers except a small number of categories. The waiver will be applied as a credit in lieu of rates for the 6-month period covered in 2020. These excluded categories are mainly utilities, banks, large supermarkets and corporates (as below). The full waiver applies to over 100,000 ratepayers.

How to apply

An application to Westmeath County Council is not required. We will automatically apply a 100% credit in lieu of commercial rates, for a six-month period, to classes and categories of occupied rateable property where the occupying business is not in an excluded category identified below.

In the event that you qualify for a six-month credit in lieu of rates and have already paid your rates bill for 2020, a refund or credit will be arranged by Westmeath County Council. You should contact the rates department by email at rates@westmeathcoco.ie or by phone at 044 933 8959 to make arrangements.

What will happen after 27 September 2020?

The potential for the waiver to extend beyond end September will be kept under review and any future extensions can be considered when there is greater certainty regarding the continuing impact of the pandemic on businesses and the reopening of society.

Excluded categories

In recognition that there is a small number of ratepayers for whom their businesses have not been affected by the pandemic, these ratepayers will not be eligible for the automatic waiver. However, a fund is being provided for ratepayers in these categories who can demonstrate that the pandemic has had a significant negative impact on their business. These ratepayers should engage with Westmeath County Council in relation to their commercial rates.

This credit does not apply to the following Excluded Categories:

• Public Service
• Global Utility Networks on the Central Valuation List
• Vacant Properties
• Individual Office Premises with an annual rates bill of €100k or greater in 2020*
• Individual Industrial Premises with an annual rates bill of €100k or greater in 2020*
• Supermarkets greater than 500M2 (Categories Supermarket 2 and Supermarket 3)
• Data Centres
• Incinerator, Generating Stations
• Landfill Sites
• Network (Cable)
• Network (Storm Water)
• Network (Water)
• Windfarms
• Generating Stations
• Banks
• Building Societies
• Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
• Computer/Technology/Electronic manufacturing
• Premises contracted to provide services related to the COVID 19 pandemic to/on behalf of the State, where the State is already compensating for rates as part of the contract between the occupier or service provider and the State.

*Individual premises refers to all property valued under a single property number.

A business in the excluded categories above may seek eligibility from Westmeath County Council if it can be shown the business was severely impacted by the pandemic. The Council may request documentary evidence to support eligibility. In this circumstance, please apply to rates@westmeathcoco.ie or by phone at 044 933 8959.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs Waiver of Commercial Rates

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 15/09/2020