The Council are operating two business support schemes for eligible ratepayers.
The Business Support Scheme 2018 - 4% to 10% of Rates Bill for Eligible Ratepayers provides for the payment of a grant to eligible businesses up to10% of their 2017 rates bill subject to a maximum of €800.This grant will benefit businesses located in the County whose rates account was assessed at €10,000 or less for 2017. It will not be necessary for eligible businesses to apply for the support scheme payment.
The 2018 budget also makes provision for the Rates Vacant Property Assistance Scheme 2018 for ratepayers whose rate account was assessed at €10,000 or less for 2017. It provides for a relief equivalent to 8% of the rates bill assessed on eligible properties.
For 2015 and 2016 the refund available is limited to 75% of the rates.
For 2017 and 2018 the refund is a maximum of 50% of the rates assessed for the year.
In addition to this, the Local Enterprise Office promotes a range of financial supports to qualifying businesses based in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County. These include;
The Occupation of Vacant Commercial Premises Scheme which was established to encourage new businesses to occupy commercial premises, that have been vacant for a period exceeding 6 months. The Scheme is applicable to subject premises which have a rates valuation of no more than €60,000.
The Shop Front Improvement Scheme which is an initiative to improve the overall appearance of shop fronts and commercial properties that front onto public streets within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Business owners of existing independent shops in the County are eligible to apply for assistance. The Council will cover up to 50% of the shop front cost with a maximum allowable grant of €3,000 per applicant.
Details of these and other financial supports are available at https://www.localenterprise.ie/DLR/Financial-Supports/