Terms and Conditions of the Scheme:
1. The relevant property must be vacant on the date of the making of the rate i.e. 3rd February, 2017, and available to let or vacant for the purpose of the execution of additions, alterations or repairs.
2. The relevant property must be capable of beneficial use and maintained to a level that would allow its use for commercial purposes.
3. The Scheme of Assistance will only apply to properties where the total commercial rates assessed in respect of that rate account for 2016, was €10,000 or less.
4. The assistance that will be made under the terms of the scheme will be equal to 25% of the rates assessed on the property subject to a maximum of €2,500.
5. To qualify for the assistance the ratepayer must do all of the following;
- (a) complete the Application for Refund of Rates on Vacant Premises form
- (b) return the form with the required proofs to the Council not later than 31st January, 2018
- (c) Pay the rates due in respect of the vacant property.
It will not be necessary for ratepayers of the vacant property to apply for the assistance. Qualifying properties that meet the specified criteria outlined above will have the assistance automatically applied to the accounts.
6. In respect of qualifying properties the vacancy adjustment assistance will be applied by means of an adjustment to the relevant rate account.
7. Where occupancy of a property is transferred during 2017, the assistance may be availed by the completion of a Section 32 Form by the ratepayer for the relevant period of their ownership subject to Section 32 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 (duty to inform rating authority of transfer of relevant property) being complied with.
8.The scheme shall apply for the period 1st January to 31st December 2017.
9. Occupiers qualifying for this Support Grant may also qualify for other Business Supports available from the Council (i.e. the Business Support Scheme 2017 - 4% of Rates Bill for Eligible Ratepayers, the Occupation of Vacant Commercial Premises Scheme and the Shop Front Improvement Scheme).
Section 66 of the Local Government Act 2001, as amended by Section 43 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014, provides that a local authority may provide such financial assistance as it considers appropriate to promote the interests of the local community, including enterprise and economic development interests. The adoption of the proposed Rates Vacant Property Assistance Scheme 2017 - 25% of Rates Bill on Eligible Vacant Properties, under Section 66 of the L.G Act 2001 as amended by Section 43 of the L.G Reform Act 2014, is a reserved function of the Council.