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What is a Regularisation Certificate?
A certificate granted by a building control authority in respect of works on non-domestic buildings and apartments blocks which were commenced or completed  without  the necessary Fire Safety Certificate (FSC). The certificate may be granted with or without conditions or refused. 
If I wish to make an objection to a Planning Application, when can I do so?
Submissions/observations must be made within 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the planning application. The five week period commences on the day that a planning application is received, such that the last day for receipt for an objection to an application received on Tuesday 1 November is Monday 5 December. If the last day of this five week period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Public Holiday, submissions/observations can be accepted on the next working day. For more information on the objections process please visit our Planning Objections Page
How do I pay my Rates?
You can pay your rates by the following methods: By Direct DebitYou can pay your rates in monthly instalments over the course of one year. www.dlrcoco.ie/directdebit By Bank Giro Credit Transfer/EFTA Bank Giro is attached to your Rate Demand. Credit/Debit Card Telephone 01 2054821 or 01 2054339 (maximum amount €5,000) In personAt the Council’s Offices in Dún Laoghaire and Dundrum using Credit or Debit card.  Maximum amount €5,000 Instalment If you are experiencing difficulty in paying your bill in full please contact us at 01 2054339. Please note that Cash is not accepted at the Council's offices nor should it be sent through the post.
Who is liable to pay Rates?
The occupier on the date on which the rate is made is primarily liable for the full year’s rates and upon default of payment, a subsequent occupier will be held liable in certain circumstances. However, if a property is vacant, the owner or person "entitled to occupy" on the date the rate is made is liable for payment of the rates but will qualify for a refund of the rates paid subject to satisfying certain specified criteria which are outlined on the Vacancy Checklist which can be viewed by clicking the following link; http://www.dlrcoco.ie/sites/default/files/atoms/files/vacancy_refund_-_terms_conditions.pdf.   Also please visit  our dedicated page to Commercial Rates Vacancy Refunds by clicking;               http://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/council-democracy/finance/commercial-rates/commercial-rates-vacancy-application
What is the purpose of Community Grants?
The purpose of Community Grants is to provide financial support to community groups who are engaged in community initiatives, projects, events and activities in the administrative area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The grants support the delivery of the Council’s commitment to improve the quality of life for all its citizens.
Who can apply for a community grant?
Local community and voluntary groups may apply for a community grant to assist with the delivery of a community initiative, project, event or activity.  The group must be properly constituted and the application must demonstrate a benefit to the local community. The group must also be registered with the Public Participation Network.
Can a group apply for the full cost of a project/event/activity/initiative?
No, a grant will only cover a percentage of a project and the group must demonstrate the financial capacity to match the funding.
Can the grant be drawn down on receipt of grant approval?
Yes, but the application to draw down the grant must be accompanied by the appropriate support documentation.   
Can a group apply for more than 1 grant?
Yes, a group can apply for several grants under different categories provided each application relates to a different project/event/activity/initiative.   
Can a group apply under two categories for the same project/event/activity/initiative to maximise the funding granted?
No, funding will only be awarded to proposals not already covered under another grant category.
Can a group apply for a grant under a number of categories on one application?
No, a separate application must be submitted for each grant category.
What is the PPN?
The Public Participation Network (PPN) aims to enable the public as well as local organisations to voice their views and interests within the local government system. It is the main framework for public participation and engagement. Membership is open to not for profit groups in the social inclusion, environmental and general community and voluntary sectors. 
Is every group required to register with the PPN to qualify for a grant?
Groups working in the areas of Community, Sports, Arts, Residents Associations, groups working with people experiencing disadvantage/inequality and groups with a focus on protecting the environment and sustainability must register with the PPN in order to qualify for funding.  Application forms for registering can be found on www.dlrcoco.ie/ppn . Other conditions apply to individual grant categories, e.g. an application under the category of Age Friendly Support must address specific needs of older people and demonstrate how it supports the delivery of the DLR Age Friendly Strategy. 
What is a Community Facilities Grant?
This category covers two grant types:- A Feasibility Grant is intended to give assistance to local community and voluntary groups to complete a feasibility study regarding the development of a community facility. The Upgrading Community Facilities Grant allows for the refurbishment and/or redecoration of a facility which is used by the community.  
What is an Equipment Grant intended for?
An equipment grant is intended for the purchase or replacement of agreed relevant equipment. It includes the purchase of major and minor equipment. A Major Equipment Grant provides for the purchase of large items of equipment up to a maximum value of €4,000. A Minor Equipment Grant provides for the purchase of smaller items of equipment up to a maximum value of €1,000.
Can a group apply for an Equipment Grant each year?
A Major Equipment Grant can only be applied for once every three years while a Minor Equipment Grant can be applied for every year.
Does the Equipment Grant allow for the purchase of laptops/tablets/smart phones?
No, the Equipment Grant applies only to the cost of desktop personal computers which remain office based. 
What is a Community Activity Grant?
A Community Activity Grant is intended to assist community and voluntary groups to promote local community activities.  Examples include a community day, community week or a small event during the year. 
Who can apply for a Summer Project Grant?
Community groups can apply for this grant to assist with the provision of supervised recreational and educational activities for young people during the summer period.  Summer projects must cater for the local community and must run for a period one, two or three weeks over the summer holiday.
What is a Community Development Grant?
This category includes grants to assist with:- Start Up Costs for community and voluntary groups, including insurance costs, purchase of small items of equipment and rental costs in the first year only. Training Support for groups involved in community development who require training related to community development, governance, committee skills etc. The training must be for a group of volunteers and not one person only. Community Development Initiatives for projects which assist with the long term development of a group or area and which specifically address equality initiatives, anti-racism, social inclusion, research and implementation of information and communication technology. Running Costs related to on-going running costs including insurance and facility hire for groups in existence for a period of at least 2 years prior to application.
Who can apply for an Age Friendly Support Grant?
The Age Friendly Support Grant is available to groups and organisations who wish to deliver specific supports and initiatives to enhance the quality of life of older people living and visiting the area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
Is priority given to certain applications in the Age Friendly Support category?
Priority will be given to initiatives which support the achievement of the Age Friendly Strategy with goals relating to enhancing the quality of life for older people as well as initiatives improving accessibility to the built environment or initiatives to reduce isolation or loneliness.
What is a Community Estate Enhancement Grant intended for?
The purpose of a Community Estate Enhancement Grant is to assist community groups who are trying to improve their local environment through projects or activities of an environmental nature at community level.    
What is a Community Small Arts Grant?
A Community Small Arts Grant is intended to assist individual artists or bodies organise a small scale community based arts event that promotes the arts in the community and improves appreciation of the arts, access to the arts and standards in the arts in the community.  Activities such as community/amateur art exhibitions, community publications of a creative writing nature and amateur musical/dramatic societies are eligible under this category.
What about Child Protection?
Projects are responsible for ensuring that they meet all the requirements of child protection and Garda vetting legislation in Ireland, including the Children First Act 2015. Successful applicants must have policies and procedures in place prior to drawing down funds in accordance with national policy, namely, Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children.
What is an IAD?
An IAD is an identified area of disadvantage in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County.     
Do I have to acknowledge Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council?
Yes, all successful applicants are required to acknowledge the financial assistance of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and include the Council’s logo on all printed matter.
Where can I get more information?
A copy of the full guidelines is available on the council’s website www.dlrcoco.ie or you can contact the Community Development and Social Inclusion Section on 01 2054893.  You can also attend an information evening which will be run in 2017.
Why was my application refused?
An application can be refused on a number of grounds.  The most common reasons are:   The group did not demonstrate ability to match fund the project The group is not constituted and is not a voluntary community group DLR County Council does not fund the item i.e. laptops are not funded and items considered a risk to the personal safety of groups are not funded. The application is vague and does not have enough information to allow the grant to be approved. Business organisations not eligible for funding The group applied for the same funding under another grant application within the Dun Laoghaire County Council. 
How can I improve my application?
Applications should be typed clearly and concisely Applicants should use the checklist to ensure they submit all required documentation Applicants must meet the required deadline Applicants should ensure that they apply under the correct and most appropriate section Applicants should contact a community worker or area community officer to discuss their application or attend an information evening.    
Who is not liable for Commercial Rates?
Under Schedule 4 of the Valuation Act the following are classed as non-rateable and would therefore have no Commercial Rates due on them; Agricultural Land Domestic Premises Religious Buildings Burial Grounds Not for profit Organisations             > Caring for sick people             > Schools/Colleges             > Art Galleries/Museums Community Halls  Charitable Organisations  (with the exception of Charity Shops)   Constituency  Offices                                                                                                                                       
My drains are blocked. What can I do?
The owner of the property is responsible for the drain all the way to the Council's main sewer, even where the drain runs over a public space, e.g. over the path and/no over the road. When called out, the Council Inspector will be able to locate the site of the blockage by examining the Council's sewer manholes. If the Council's sewer is clear, this means the blockage is in the private drain of the house/houses. In that case, the owner of the house should find a suitable company to clear the blockage. Click on Private Drain Maintenance for more information.  
How does it work?
If you are eligible as an approved housing applicant, you must find your own private rented accommodation (within specific rent caps). The landlord will be paid directly and the tenant will pay a rent to the local authority based on the differential rent scheme. The rent will be based on your weekly household income and works in the same way as the differential rents charged for local authority houses.
Am I eligible to apply?
Persons applying for HAP must be a qualified housing applicant(s) before they can apply. For more information on applying for social housing please click here.
How is my rent calculated?
We operate a differential rent scheme, which means the more a household earns the more rent is charged. Conversely, the less a household earns the less is charged. The person in receipt of the highest income is the principal earner. All other persons in the household with an income are subsidiary earners.  Rent is calculated as follows: principal earner’s income less €35 multiplied by 16%. Subsidiary earners income is calculated the same way, but is capped at €18 per earner. A €1 rent deduction is applied to all children and students under 23 in the household. An additional service charge may also apply, such as boiler maintenance or a heating charge.
Is the Calendar updated if changes are required to the date, time or venue of any meeting?
The calendar is updated and re-published on the website where changes are required to the time, date or venue of any meeting.
How can I find out how much is left on my loan?
You can ring any member of the Housing Revenue Loans section on 01 2054836.
How can I find out how much my monthly payment is?
You can ring any member of the Housing Revenue Loans section on 01 2054836.
How can I find out if my monthly payments are up-to-date?
An annual statement is issued every year or you can get a statement showing these details by ringing the Loan Accounts section at 01 2054836.
What does Mortgage Protection Insurance cover?
Mortgage Protection Insurance covers the borrower in the case of incapacity upto age 65 and in the case of death up to age 75.  It does not cover redundancy or unemployment.  If you need further information please contact 01 2054836 .
Who can I contact if I am concerned about arrears?
Please contact Amanda Guinan, Housing Loans Section, on 01 2054836.
How can I make an appointment to talk to someone about my arrears?
You can talk to our dedicated Arrears Support Officer Amanda Guinan by phone 01 2054836 or email aguinan@dlrcoco.ie  or you can contact any member of the Housing Loans Section.
How do I pay my rent?
It is possible to pay your rent through the Household Budget deduction scheme for those on Social Welfare payments. Deductions may  not exceed  25% of income (contact Housing Rents on 01 2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie  for further details) By using a DLR payment card which is accepted in all Post Offices and shops which display the PostPoint sign. By using a standing order through your bank. Standing order letters are available from Housing Rents by contacting 01 2054841 By cheque, postal order or bank draft
What do I do if I lose my payment card?
Please contact the Housing Rents section on 01 2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie and we can post out a replacement card You can also call in person at the housing counter (County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire), Monday – Friday 10am until 4pm and a replacement card can be issued. We also have an office in Dundrum, Rere Bank of Ireland, Main St, Dundrum. The opening hours are 9.30am - 4.30pm
How do I check the balance on my rent account?
A balance can be given over the phone or via email to the tenant of the property only. Please phone 01 2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie Please note that we can only discuss tenancy matters with the named tenant of the property, unless an agreement is in place for a third party to act/speak on the tenant’s behalf A statement is issued to tenants every three months. Tenants can check their receipts/payments against this statement. Copies of rent statements can be issued on request.
What do I do if a family member/partner wishes to move into the property?
No one can move into a property without notifying and receiving permission from the Housing Department (Allocations). If anyone is planning to move into a Council property they should contact Housing Allocations on 01 2054828 to obtain a Permission to Reside form. Please be aware that the weekly rent may increase with the addition of an extra person and this additional rent will be back-dated to when the person moved in.
What happens if I fall into rent arrears?
Tenants who find themselves in arrears should not ignore the problem Arrears should be paid immediately If it is not possible to pay the arrears immediately tenants should contact the rent arrears section as soon as possible by phoning 01 2054841 or via email rents@dlrcoco.ie to discuss a repayment plan.  If a repayment plan is put in place to pay the rent and arrears over a period of time this agreement must be adhered to. Please note that if arrears persist the Council may be forced to initiate legal proceedings  to repossess the property.
What is the membership of the Economic Development and Enterprise SPC?
Councillors (Total: 14) Emma Blain Chris Curran Kevin DalyLiam DockeryKate FeeneyMelisa HalpinMary Hanafin John KennedyLettie McCarthyTom MurphyPeter O'Brien Shane O'Brien Denis O'Callaghan Barry Ward (Chair)   Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7) Environment/Conservation Sector (1) - Miriam Hennessy (PPN) Development/Construction Sector (1) - Sean O'Neill (Chambers Ireland) Business/Commercial Sector (2) - Dr Josephine Browne (Chambers Ireland)- Ann Marie Walsh (Chambers Ireland) Trade Union Sector (1) - Rosheen Callendar (ICTU) Community/Voluntary Sector (1) - Aileen Eglinton (PPN) Social Inclusion Sector (1) - Fardus Sultan (PPN)  
What is the membership of the Planning SPC?
Councillors (Total: 14) Marie Baker Shay Brennan Anne Colgan Jennifer CuffeKevin Daly Karen Furlong Jim GildeaCarron McKinneyMichael Merrigan (Chair)Brian MurphyTom Murphy Dave O'KeeffePatricia StewartGrace Tallon   Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7) Environmental/Conversation Sector (2)- Goff Lalor (PPN)- Rob Goodbody (PPN) Development/Construction Sector (2)- Matt Gallagher (Chambers Ireland)- Martin O'Donnell (Chambers Ireland) Business/Commercial Sector (1)- Kevin Fitzgerald (Chambers Ireland) Community/Voluntary Sector (1)- Paul O'Callaghan (PPN) Social Inclusion Sector (1)- Veronica Heywood (PPN)  
What is the membership of the Social Housing SPC?
Councillors (Total: 14) John Bailey (Chair)Anne Colgan Chris Curran Cormac Devlin Kate FeeneyJim GildeaMelisa HalpinPat HandDeirdre KingstonMichael MerriganBrian MurphyDenis O'Callaghan Dónal Smith Carrie Smyth Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7) Environment/Conservation Section (1)- Terence Corish (PPN) Development/Construction Sector (1)- Kathy Irwin (Chambers Ireland ) Business/Commercial Sector (1)- Liz Ferris (Chambers Ireland ) Trade Union Sector (1)- Jimmy Jordan (ICTU) Community/Voluntary Sector (2) - Kieron Brennan (PPN) - Gerladine Dunne (PPN) Social Inclusion Sector (1)- Catherine Kenny (PPN)  
What is the membership of the Transportation and County Wide Movement SPC?
Councillors (Total: 14) John Bailey Shay Brennan (Chairperson)Liam DockeryDeirdre DonnellyPat HandDeirdre KingstonHugh LewisLettie McCarthyShane O'BrienSeamas O'NeillBarry Saul Dónal SmithOssian SmythBarry Ward   Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)   Environmental/Conversation Sector (2) - Keith Byrne (PPN)- Clare Sullivan (PPN) Development/Construction Sector (2)- Pat Neill (Chambers Ireland)- Gregory Alken (Chambers Ireland ) Business/Commercial Sector (1)- Tom Nolan (Chambers Ireland ) Community/Voluntary Sector (1)- Jim Colgan (PPN) Social Inclusion Sector (1)- John Nolan (PPN)  
What categories of information does AIE cover?
  There are six categories of information available as follows: the state of the elements of the environment e.g. air, water, soil, land, landscape, biological diversity factors affecting, or likely to affect, the elements of the environment, e.g. energy, noise, radiation, waste and other releases into the environment measures designed to protect the elements of the environment e.g. policies, legislation, plans, programs, environmental agreements reports on the implementation of environmental legislation analyses and assumptions used within the framework of measures designed to protect the environment the state of human health and safety, the food chain, cultural sights and built structures in as much as they may be affected by the elements of the environment. Under the mandate of legislation, we must refuse to give you access to environmental information on the following grounds: personal information information supplied by a third party voluntarily material the disclosure of which would make it more likely that the environment to which such material related would be damaged confidentiality of the proceedings of public authorities. Under the AIE Regulations we may refuse to give you access to information on certain grounds: international relations, national defence or public security the course of justice commercial or industrial confidentiality intellectual property rights material in the course of completion internal communications with public authorities the request is considered to be unreasonable due to the volume or range of information sought or the request is too general.
How do I request information under the AIE Regulations?
When making a request for information under the AIE Regulations, you must: submit your request in writing or electronic form and state that it is being made under the AIE Regulations provide your contact details state as clearly as possible the environmental information required if you require the information in a specific format or manner of access, you should specify this in your request.  We are obliged to reply within one month of receipt of your application. Please submit your application to: Conor PeoplesFreedom of Information OfficerCorporate, Communications & Governance DepartmentDún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council County Hall Marine Road Dún LaoghaireCo. Dublin  Tel:  01 2047053 Fax:  01 2806969 Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie Office tel:  01 2047053 Office email:  foi@dlrcoco.ie The AIE Regulations allow people access to environmental information held by or for public authorities which is not routinely available through other means.   The Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 operate in parallel with the AIE Regulations.  This means that people can gain access to environmental information under the FOI Acts and the AIE Regulations If you wish to access personal information held by the Council under the Data Protection legislation, please see the Data Protection Section
What are the rent caps for the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP)?
For details of the rent caps for the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) please contact 01 2054399.
How do I apply?
Contact the HAP section on 01 2054399 or email hap@dlrcoco.ie.
Cá mhéad atá ar uaigh nua?
Uaigheanna nua i Seangánach: €2,900 + táille adhlacthaUaigheanna nua i nGráinseach an Déin: €16,000 + táille adhlacthaNíl siad ar fáil le ceannach roimh bhás.     .  
How do residents go about requesting Pay & Display in their areas?
Guidelines for the Implementation of Pay and Display Parking Control Schemes are contained in the Parking Control Bye-Laws, 2007.  For an area to be considered for Pay and Display parking control a signed petition by a number of residents should be submitted by the Residents Association, or individually on behalf of a group of residents, to the Parking Section of the Municipal Services Department.  The request will be assessed by the Municipal Services Department.  A traffic / parking survey will be carried out to assess the nature and extent of the parking problem in the area, whether the implementation of Pay and Display parking control is considered appropriate, the suitability of the area and the capacity to accommodate a Pay and Display parking control scheme.  In primarily residential areas, if it is considered that Pay and Display is warranted, a survey and accompanying drawing will be circulated to eligible residents to obtain the residents preference in relation to the proposed introduction of Pay and Display.  A report on the proposed introduction of a parking scheme will then be brought to the Area Committee in which the proposed Scheme is located for approval. If the Scheme is approved by the Area Committee it will then go to the full Council for final approval to introduce the Scheme. For more information, contact the Parking Section on (01) 2054884. Email: parkingcontrol@dlrcoco.ie  
How will I pay for Parking?
Residents can apply for parking permits and visitors permits.  For non-residents payment will be on a Pay & Display basis.
Who is eligible to apply for a Residents Parking Permit?
The Parking Control Bye-Laws, 2007 define a resident “a person who is the occupant of a dwelling or a converted house, other than a purpose built apartment block, who satisfies the Council that his/her normal dwelling place is at premises situated within a pay parking area which relates to the parking permit”. Dwelling is defined as “a building or structure designed and used for residential purposes, other than an apartment within a purpose built apartment block”. Residents of purpose built apartment blocks are not eligible for resident’s permits. Businesses, employees and non-resident landlords are not eligible for residents permits. The display of a valid parking permit, as specified in the Parking Control Bye-Laws, is the responsibility of the applicant.
How many Residents Parking Permits can be purchased per residence?
In any one year, the Council shall, on application by a resident, issue one parking permit per resident’s car within its own pay parking area, subject to production of acceptable evidence by the resident up to an upper limit of four residents parking permits per dwelling. Where a building comprises a converted house the total number of residents’ parking permits that may be held concurrently by residents of housing units in that building shall be four subject to the limit of one residents’ parking permit per housing unit and subject to production of acceptable evidence.
How much does a Parking Permit cost?
Residential Parking Permit: Fee:    €40 per one year permit  or €75 per two year permit. Visitors Parking Permits: Visitor permits are sold at a cost of €2.00 each in multiples of 4.  The minimum order is 4 Permits at a cost of €8.00. 
Is a Residents Parking Permit interchangeable between vehicles?
A resident’s parking permit is only valid for the vehicle and the parking area indicated on the permit. Maps showing the parking areas in which the Parking Control Bye-Laws are in operation are available for inspection at County Hall, Dún Laoghaire and in the Council Offices in Dundrum.  The Parking Control Bye-Laws, 2007 may be viewed on the Council’s website.
I have changed my car, how do I change my permit?
A Change of Vehicle form must be completed.  The completed form must be accompanied by: -  a copy of the insurance certificate for the vehicle which must display the address to which the permit is being applied for. If the car is registered in the name of a company you must supply a copy of the current insurance certificate for the vehicle, AND a letter from the company stating that you are employed by them and that you have habitual use of the vehicle, AND -  the old parking permit.  If the old parking permit is not returned with the application, an ‘Application for Replacement Parking Permit’ form must be completed.
Why should residents pay to park on their own street?
The scheme is being introduced primarily for the benefit of residents, to ease parking pressures in their area.  The implementation of the scheme involves substantial costs to the Council, including road lining, signage, the provision of parking meters, and continued maintenance and enforcement costs.  The present fee for a parking permit is €40 for an annual permit or €75 for a two-year permit.
Is it possible to provide residents only parking?
There is no statutory basis for providing residents only parking on public roads.
What provision is being made for people with disabilities?
Motorists who display a ‘Parking Card for People with Disabilities’ (EU Blue Card), issued by the Irish Wheelchair Association or legitimate national authority, may park in controlled areas without payment.
Will I be guaranteed a space outside my house?
Residents permits will allow residents to park in a designated area, but will not guarantee availability of spaces.
How will visitors or tradesmen park?
Visitors permits, valid for parking in a Pay & Display bay, will be available to residents at a cost of €2.00 each.  Each permit will be valid for 1 day.  Also, short stay parking may be paid for by Pay & Display ticket.
Can residents park in areas designated for long stay/short stay parking?
Residents can park in the majority of long stay/short stay bays, once a valid residents permit is displayed, however residents may not be allowed to park in some commercial areas. Commercial areas/bays will have a time plate stating ‘Permits Not Valid’, residents may not use their permits while parking in these areas. More on Applying for Residents and Visitors Permits
How do I find out what the Pay & Display parking restrictions are?
When parking please refer to the information plates on the street, which will indicate the period during which it is permitted to park and any parking restrictions i.e. ‘Permits not Valid’.  
How do I report an instance of illegal parking?
To report an instance of illegal parking you may contact the Council’s Parking Section on P: 2054884 or email parkingcontrol@dlrcoco.ie
How much will Pay & Display cost?
The cost applicable is indicated on the Pay & Display machine and information plates.
What are the hours of operation of Pay & Display?
The hours of operation of Pay & Display would normally be 08.00 – 19.00 Monday to Friday or Monday to Saturday.
Is there a maximum parking period for motorists using Pay & Display?
The parking period permitted is indicated on the appropriate parking ticket machine and information plates. A vehicle which had been parked in a ticket parking place for the maximum period permitted in that ticket parking place, as indicated on the appropriate Pay & Display ticket parking machine or information plate, shall not be parked again in a ticket parking place on the public road in which that ticket parking place is situated until at least one hour has elapsed since the vehicle was last parked in that ticket parking place.
Are there financial supports available to ratepayers in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council?
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/     
Is there a duty on owners to notify the Local Authority of a change in occupation of rateable property?
From the 1st of July 2014 under Section 32 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014, owners of rateable property are required to notify the relevant local authority when there is a change in the occupation of their property i.e. where a property is being sold or there is a change in occupier including where a property becomes vacant. Fa by the ratepayer for the relevant period of their ownership subject toOwners must complete a Section 32 Form within 14 days of the change taking place. Owners who do not notify the local authority within 14 days will incur a financial penalty. This penalty is an amount equivalent to up to two years of outstanding rates from the previous occupier. Any penalty due and outstanding by an owner of relevant property due to non-notification will remain a charge on the property. All ratepayers are reminded that they are legally required to pay all commercial rates due from them prior to their departure from a property or prior to the sale or transfer of an interest in a property.  Any rates due and outstanding by an owner of relevant property will remain a charge on the property.
How are my Commercial Rates calculated?
Rates are calculated by multiplying the valuation of your property by the annual rate on valuation (ARV). The Commissioner of Valuation is responsible for valuations and the Local Authority for the ARV. Both of these terms are clarified as follows: Valuation: The valuation of property is determined by the Commissioner of Valuation. The basis of valuation is the Net Annual Value (NAV) i.e. the open market rental value of the property at a specified valuation date. For the purposes of revaluation in Dún Laoghaire the relevant valuation date was the 30th September 2005. Annual Rate on Valuation (ARV): The "Annual Rate on Valuation" (formerly known as "the rate in the pound"), is in effect a multiplier, and it is determined by the Council at its Annual Budget Meeting. The "rate" is then made by the Chief Executive following a public notification process. The annual rate on valuation for 2017 is €0.1648. Both the valuation and ARV are shown on your rates bill and a sample calculation would be as follows:      Rateable Valuation x Annual Rate of Valuation =  Rates       eg.     €100,000     x     €0.1648       =  €16,480.00  
Who are the Valuation Office?
The Valuation Office is the State property valuation agency. The core business of the Valuation Office is the provision of accurate, up to date valuations of commercial and industrial properties to ratepayers and rating authorities as laid down by statute (principally the Valuation Act 2001).  The Office also provides consultancy services to other Government Departments, Local Authorities, Health Boards and the Revenue Commissioners. For more information on the Valuation Office, please visit their website http://www.valoff.ie/en/
Must I pay Rates if my property is vacant?
If a property is vacant on the day the rate is made and is available for letting or undergoing refurbishment the rates must still be paid to the Council. The Ratepayer may get a rates refund provided the full year’s rates have been paid and certain conditions have been met. The Ratepayer will need to complete a Rates Vacancy Application Form  statutory undertaking and provide documentary evidence of his/her attempts to let or refurbish the property.  For 2015 and 2016, the refund available is limited to 75% of the rates. For 2017 refund available is a maximum of 50%, of the rates assessed for that year. However the 2017 budget has made a provision for a Vacant Property Assistance Scheme for ratepayers whose rate account was assessed at €10,000 or less for 2016. It provides for a relief equivalent to 25% of the rates bill assessed on eligible properties which effectively leaves the vacancy refund on these properties unaltered.
What is the membership of the Community Development, Culture and Ageing SPC?
Councillors (Total: 12) Emma Blain Deirdre Donnelly Mary Fayne Karen Furlong Mary HanafinJohn KennedyLynsey McGovernSorcha Nic CormaicPeter O'Brien (Chair) Dave O'Keeffe Patricia StewartGrace Tallon   Sectoral Representatives (Total: 6) Environment/Conversation Sector (1)- Selma Harrington (PPN) Business/Commercial Sector (1)- Vacancy (Awaiting replacement for Larry O’Connor (Chambers Ireland )) Community/Voluntary Sector (2)- Michele Relihan (PPN)- Tom Conlon (PPN) Social Inclusion Sector (2)- Ann Cannon (PPN)- Geraldine Graydon (PPN)   

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What is a Regularisation Certificate?
A certificate granted by a building control authority in respect of works on non-domestic buildings and apartments blocks which were commenced or completed  without  the necessary Fire Safety Certificate (FSC). The certificate may be granted with or without conditions or refused. 
If I wish to make an objection to a Planning Application, when can I do so?
Submissions/observations must be made within 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the planning application. The five week period commences on the day that a planning application is received, such that the last day for receipt for an objection to an application received on Tuesday 1 November is Monday 5 December. If the last day of this five week period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Public Holiday, submissions/observations can be accepted on the next working day. For more information on the objections process please visit our Planning Objections Page
How do I pay my Rates?
You can pay your rates by the following methods: By Direct DebitYou can pay your rates in monthly instalments over the course of one year. www.dlrcoco.ie/directdebit By Bank Giro Credit Transfer/EFTA Bank Giro is attached to your Rate Demand. Credit/Debit Card Telephone 01 2054821 or 01 2054339 (maximum amount €5,000) In personAt the Council’s Offices in Dún Laoghaire and Dundrum using Credit or Debit card.  Maximum amount €5,000 Instalment If you are experiencing difficulty in paying your bill in full please contact us at 01 2054339. Please note that Cash is not accepted at the Council's offices nor should it be sent through the post.
Who is liable to pay Rates?
The occupier on the date on which the rate is made is primarily liable for the full year’s rates and upon default of payment, a subsequent occupier will be held liable in certain circumstances. However, if a property is vacant, the owner or person "entitled to occupy" on the date the rate is made is liable for payment of the rates but will qualify for a refund of the rates paid subject to satisfying certain specified criteria which are outlined on the Vacancy Checklist which can be viewed by clicking the following link; http://www.dlrcoco.ie/sites/default/files/atoms/files/vacancy_refund_-_terms_conditions.pdf.   Also please visit  our dedicated page to Commercial Rates Vacancy Refunds by clicking;               http://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/council-democracy/finance/commercial-rates/commercial-rates-vacancy-application
What is the purpose of Community Grants?
The purpose of Community Grants is to provide financial support to community groups who are engaged in community initiatives, projects, events and activities in the administrative area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The grants support the delivery of the Council’s commitment to improve the quality of life for all its citizens.
Who can apply for a community grant?
Local community and voluntary groups may apply for a community grant to assist with the delivery of a community initiative, project, event or activity.  The group must be properly constituted and the application must demonstrate a benefit to the local community. The group must also be registered with the Public Participation Network.
Can a group apply for the full cost of a project/event/activity/initiative?
No, a grant will only cover a percentage of a project and the group must demonstrate the financial capacity to match the funding.
Can the grant be drawn down on receipt of grant approval?
Yes, but the application to draw down the grant must be accompanied by the appropriate support documentation.   
Can a group apply for more than 1 grant?
Yes, a group can apply for several grants under different categories provided each application relates to a different project/event/activity/initiative.   
Can a group apply under two categories for the same project/event/activity/initiative to maximise the funding granted?
No, funding will only be awarded to proposals not already covered under another grant category.
Can a group apply for a grant under a number of categories on one application?
No, a separate application must be submitted for each grant category.
What is the PPN?
The Public Participation Network (PPN) aims to enable the public as well as local organisations to voice their views and interests within the local government system. It is the main framework for public participation and engagement. Membership is open to not for profit groups in the social inclusion, environmental and general community and voluntary sectors. 
Is every group required to register with the PPN to qualify for a grant?
Groups working in the areas of Community, Sports, Arts, Residents Associations, groups working with people experiencing disadvantage/inequality and groups with a focus on protecting the environment and sustainability must register with the PPN in order to qualify for funding.  Application forms for registering can be found on www.dlrcoco.ie/ppn . Other conditions apply to individual grant categories, e.g. an application under the category of Age Friendly Support must address specific needs of older people and demonstrate how it supports the delivery of the DLR Age Friendly Strategy. 
What is a Community Facilities Grant?
This category covers two grant types:- A Feasibility Grant is intended to give assistance to local community and voluntary groups to complete a feasibility study regarding the development of a community facility. The Upgrading Community Facilities Grant allows for the refurbishment and/or redecoration of a facility which is used by the community.  
What is an Equipment Grant intended for?
An equipment grant is intended for the purchase or replacement of agreed relevant equipment. It includes the purchase of major and minor equipment. A Major Equipment Grant provides for the purchase of large items of equipment up to a maximum value of €4,000. A Minor Equipment Grant provides for the purchase of smaller items of equipment up to a maximum value of €1,000.
Can a group apply for an Equipment Grant each year?
A Major Equipment Grant can only be applied for once every three years while a Minor Equipment Grant can be applied for every year.
Does the Equipment Grant allow for the purchase of laptops/tablets/smart phones?
No, the Equipment Grant applies only to the cost of desktop personal computers which remain office based. 
What is a Community Activity Grant?
A Community Activity Grant is intended to assist community and voluntary groups to promote local community activities.  Examples include a community day, community week or a small event during the year. 
Who can apply for a Summer Project Grant?
Community groups can apply for this grant to assist with the provision of supervised recreational and educational activities for young people during the summer period.  Summer projects must cater for the local community and must run for a period one, two or three weeks over the summer holiday.
What is a Community Development Grant?
This category includes grants to assist with:- Start Up Costs for community and voluntary groups, including insurance costs, purchase of small items of equipment and rental costs in the first year only. Training Support for groups involved in community development who require training related to community development, governance, committee skills etc. The training must be for a group of volunteers and not one person only. Community Development Initiatives for projects which assist with the long term development of a group or area and which specifically address equality initiatives, anti-racism, social inclusion, research and implementation of information and communication technology. Running Costs related to on-going running costs including insurance and facility hire for groups in existence for a period of at least 2 years prior to application.
Who can apply for an Age Friendly Support Grant?
The Age Friendly Support Grant is available to groups and organisations who wish to deliver specific supports and initiatives to enhance the quality of life of older people living and visiting the area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
Is priority given to certain applications in the Age Friendly Support category?
Priority will be given to initiatives which support the achievement of the Age Friendly Strategy with goals relating to enhancing the quality of life for older people as well as initiatives improving accessibility to the built environment or initiatives to reduce isolation or loneliness.
What is a Community Estate Enhancement Grant intended for?
The purpose of a Community Estate Enhancement Grant is to assist community groups who are trying to improve their local environment through projects or activities of an environmental nature at community level.    
What is a Community Small Arts Grant?
A Community Small Arts Grant is intended to assist individual artists or bodies organise a small scale community based arts event that promotes the arts in the community and improves appreciation of the arts, access to the arts and standards in the arts in the community.  Activities such as community/amateur art exhibitions, community publications of a creative writing nature and amateur musical/dramatic societies are eligible under this category.
What about Child Protection?
Projects are responsible for ensuring that they meet all the requirements of child protection and Garda vetting legislation in Ireland, including the Children First Act 2015. Successful applicants must have policies and procedures in place prior to drawing down funds in accordance with national policy, namely, Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children.
What is an IAD?
An IAD is an identified area of disadvantage in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County.     
Do I have to acknowledge Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council?
Yes, all successful applicants are required to acknowledge the financial assistance of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and include the Council’s logo on all printed matter.
Where can I get more information?
A copy of the full guidelines is available on the council’s website www.dlrcoco.ie or you can contact the Community Development and Social Inclusion Section on 01 2054893.  You can also attend an information evening which will be run in 2017.
Why was my application refused?
An application can be refused on a number of grounds.  The most common reasons are:   The group did not demonstrate ability to match fund the project The group is not constituted and is not a voluntary community group DLR County Council does not fund the item i.e. laptops are not funded and items considered a risk to the personal safety of groups are not funded. The application is vague and does not have enough information to allow the grant to be approved. Business organisations not eligible for funding The group applied for the same funding under another grant application within the Dun Laoghaire County Council. 
How can I improve my application?
Applications should be typed clearly and concisely Applicants should use the checklist to ensure they submit all required documentation Applicants must meet the required deadline Applicants should ensure that they apply under the correct and most appropriate section Applicants should contact a community worker or area community officer to discuss their application or attend an information evening.    
Who is not liable for Commercial Rates?
Under Schedule 4 of the Valuation Act the following are classed as non-rateable and would therefore have no Commercial Rates due on them; Agricultural Land Domestic Premises Religious Buildings Burial Grounds Not for profit Organisations             > Caring for sick people             > Schools/Colleges             > Art Galleries/Museums Community Halls  Charitable Organisations  (with the exception of Charity Shops)   Constituency  Offices                                                                                                                                       
My drains are blocked. What can I do?
The owner of the property is responsible for the drain all the way to the Council's main sewer, even where the drain runs over a public space, e.g. over the path and/no over the road. When called out, the Council Inspector will be able to locate the site of the blockage by examining the Council's sewer manholes. If the Council's sewer is clear, this means the blockage is in the private drain of the house/houses. In that case, the owner of the house should find a suitable company to clear the blockage. Click on Private Drain Maintenance for more information.  
How does it work?
If you are eligible as an approved housing applicant, you must find your own private rented accommodation (within specific rent caps). The landlord will be paid directly and the tenant will pay a rent to the local authority based on the differential rent scheme. The rent will be based on your weekly household income and works in the same way as the differential rents charged for local authority houses.
Am I eligible to apply?
Persons applying for HAP must be a qualified housing applicant(s) before they can apply. For more information on applying for social housing please click here.
How is my rent calculated?
We operate a differential rent scheme, which means the more a household earns the more rent is charged. Conversely, the less a household earns the less is charged. The person in receipt of the highest income is the principal earner. All other persons in the household with an income are subsidiary earners.  Rent is calculated as follows: principal earner’s income less €35 multiplied by 16%. Subsidiary earners income is calculated the same way, but is capped at €18 per earner. A €1 rent deduction is applied to all children and students under 23 in the household. An additional service charge may also apply, such as boiler maintenance or a heating charge.
Is the Calendar updated if changes are required to the date, time or venue of any meeting?
The calendar is updated and re-published on the website where changes are required to the time, date or venue of any meeting.
How can I find out how much is left on my loan?
You can ring any member of the Housing Revenue Loans section on 01 2054836.
How can I find out how much my monthly payment is?
You can ring any member of the Housing Revenue Loans section on 01 2054836.
How can I find out if my monthly payments are up-to-date?
An annual statement is issued every year or you can get a statement showing these details by ringing the Loan Accounts section at 01 2054836.
What does Mortgage Protection Insurance cover?
Mortgage Protection Insurance covers the borrower in the case of incapacity upto age 65 and in the case of death up to age 75.  It does not cover redundancy or unemployment.  If you need further information please contact 01 2054836 .
Who can I contact if I am concerned about arrears?
Please contact Amanda Guinan, Housing Loans Section, on 01 2054836.
How can I make an appointment to talk to someone about my arrears?
You can talk to our dedicated Arrears Support Officer Amanda Guinan by phone 01 2054836 or email aguinan@dlrcoco.ie  or you can contact any member of the Housing Loans Section.
How do I pay my rent?
It is possible to pay your rent through the Household Budget deduction scheme for those on Social Welfare payments. Deductions may  not exceed  25% of income (contact Housing Rents on 01 2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie  for further details) By using a DLR payment card which is accepted in all Post Offices and shops which display the PostPoint sign. By using a standing order through your bank. Standing order letters are available from Housing Rents by contacting 01 2054841 By cheque, postal order or bank draft
What do I do if I lose my payment card?
Please contact the Housing Rents section on 01 2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie and we can post out a replacement card You can also call in person at the housing counter (County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire), Monday – Friday 10am until 4pm and a replacement card can be issued. We also have an office in Dundrum, Rere Bank of Ireland, Main St, Dundrum. The opening hours are 9.30am - 4.30pm
How do I check the balance on my rent account?
A balance can be given over the phone or via email to the tenant of the property only. Please phone 01 2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie Please note that we can only discuss tenancy matters with the named tenant of the property, unless an agreement is in place for a third party to act/speak on the tenant’s behalf A statement is issued to tenants every three months. Tenants can check their receipts/payments against this statement. Copies of rent statements can be issued on request.
What do I do if a family member/partner wishes to move into the property?
No one can move into a property without notifying and receiving permission from the Housing Department (Allocations). If anyone is planning to move into a Council property they should contact Housing Allocations on 01 2054828 to obtain a Permission to Reside form. Please be aware that the weekly rent may increase with the addition of an extra person and this additional rent will be back-dated to when the person moved in.
What happens if I fall into rent arrears?
Tenants who find themselves in arrears should not ignore the problem Arrears should be paid immediately If it is not possible to pay the arrears immediately tenants should contact the rent arrears section as soon as possible by phoning 01 2054841 or via email rents@dlrcoco.ie to discuss a repayment plan.  If a repayment plan is put in place to pay the rent and arrears over a period of time this agreement must be adhered to. Please note that if arrears persist the Council may be forced to initiate legal proceedings  to repossess the property.
What is the membership of the Economic Development and Enterprise SPC?
Councillors (Total: 14) Emma Blain Chris Curran Kevin DalyLiam DockeryKate FeeneyMelisa HalpinMary Hanafin John KennedyLettie McCarthyTom MurphyPeter O'Brien Shane O'Brien Denis O'Callaghan Barry Ward (Chair)   Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7) Environment/Conservation Sector (1) - Miriam Hennessy (PPN) Development/Construction Sector (1) - Sean O'Neill (Chambers Ireland) Business/Commercial Sector (2) - Dr Josephine Browne (Chambers Ireland)- Ann Marie Walsh (Chambers Ireland) Trade Union Sector (1) - Rosheen Callendar (ICTU) Community/Voluntary Sector (1) - Aileen Eglinton (PPN) Social Inclusion Sector (1) - Fardus Sultan (PPN)  
What is the membership of the Planning SPC?
Councillors (Total: 14) Marie Baker Shay Brennan Anne Colgan Jennifer CuffeKevin Daly Karen Furlong Jim GildeaCarron McKinneyMichael Merrigan (Chair)Brian MurphyTom Murphy Dave O'KeeffePatricia StewartGrace Tallon   Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7) Environmental/Conversation Sector (2)- Goff Lalor (PPN)- Rob Goodbody (PPN) Development/Construction Sector (2)- Matt Gallagher (Chambers Ireland)- Martin O'Donnell (Chambers Ireland) Business/Commercial Sector (1)- Kevin Fitzgerald (Chambers Ireland) Community/Voluntary Sector (1)- Paul O'Callaghan (PPN) Social Inclusion Sector (1)- Veronica Heywood (PPN)  
What is the membership of the Social Housing SPC?
Councillors (Total: 14) John Bailey (Chair)Anne Colgan Chris Curran Cormac Devlin Kate FeeneyJim GildeaMelisa HalpinPat HandDeirdre KingstonMichael MerriganBrian MurphyDenis O'Callaghan Dónal Smith Carrie Smyth Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7) Environment/Conservation Section (1)- Terence Corish (PPN) Development/Construction Sector (1)- Kathy Irwin (Chambers Ireland ) Business/Commercial Sector (1)- Liz Ferris (Chambers Ireland ) Trade Union Sector (1)- Jimmy Jordan (ICTU) Community/Voluntary Sector (2) - Kieron Brennan (PPN) - Gerladine Dunne (PPN) Social Inclusion Sector (1)- Catherine Kenny (PPN)  
What is the membership of the Transportation and County Wide Movement SPC?
Councillors (Total: 14) John Bailey Shay Brennan (Chairperson)Liam DockeryDeirdre DonnellyPat HandDeirdre KingstonHugh LewisLettie McCarthyShane O'BrienSeamas O'NeillBarry Saul Dónal SmithOssian SmythBarry Ward   Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)   Environmental/Conversation Sector (2) - Keith Byrne (PPN)- Clare Sullivan (PPN) Development/Construction Sector (2)- Pat Neill (Chambers Ireland)- Gregory Alken (Chambers Ireland ) Business/Commercial Sector (1)- Tom Nolan (Chambers Ireland ) Community/Voluntary Sector (1)- Jim Colgan (PPN) Social Inclusion Sector (1)- John Nolan (PPN)  
What categories of information does AIE cover?
  There are six categories of information available as follows: the state of the elements of the environment e.g. air, water, soil, land, landscape, biological diversity factors affecting, or likely to affect, the elements of the environment, e.g. energy, noise, radiation, waste and other releases into the environment measures designed to protect the elements of the environment e.g. policies, legislation, plans, programs, environmental agreements reports on the implementation of environmental legislation analyses and assumptions used within the framework of measures designed to protect the environment the state of human health and safety, the food chain, cultural sights and built structures in as much as they may be affected by the elements of the environment. Under the mandate of legislation, we must refuse to give you access to environmental information on the following grounds: personal information information supplied by a third party voluntarily material the disclosure of which would make it more likely that the environment to which such material related would be damaged confidentiality of the proceedings of public authorities. Under the AIE Regulations we may refuse to give you access to information on certain grounds: international relations, national defence or public security the course of justice commercial or industrial confidentiality intellectual property rights material in the course of completion internal communications with public authorities the request is considered to be unreasonable due to the volume or range of information sought or the request is too general.
How do I request information under the AIE Regulations?
When making a request for information under the AIE Regulations, you must: submit your request in writing or electronic form and state that it is being made under the AIE Regulations provide your contact details state as clearly as possible the environmental information required if you require the information in a specific format or manner of access, you should specify this in your request.  We are obliged to reply within one month of receipt of your application. Please submit your application to: Conor PeoplesFreedom of Information OfficerCorporate, Communications & Governance DepartmentDún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council County Hall Marine Road Dún LaoghaireCo. Dublin  Tel:  01 2047053 Fax:  01 2806969 Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie Office tel:  01 2047053 Office email:  foi@dlrcoco.ie The AIE Regulations allow people access to environmental information held by or for public authorities which is not routinely available through other means.   The Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 operate in parallel with the AIE Regulations.  This means that people can gain access to environmental information under the FOI Acts and the AIE Regulations If you wish to access personal information held by the Council under the Data Protection legislation, please see the Data Protection Section
What are the rent caps for the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP)?
For details of the rent caps for the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) please contact 01 2054399.
How do I apply?
Contact the HAP section on 01 2054399 or email hap@dlrcoco.ie.
Cá mhéad atá ar uaigh nua?
Uaigheanna nua i Seangánach: €2,900 + táille adhlacthaUaigheanna nua i nGráinseach an Déin: €16,000 + táille adhlacthaNíl siad ar fáil le ceannach roimh bhás.     .  
How do residents go about requesting Pay & Display in their areas?
Guidelines for the Implementation of Pay and Display Parking Control Schemes are contained in the Parking Control Bye-Laws, 2007.  For an area to be considered for Pay and Display parking control a signed petition by a number of residents should be submitted by the Residents Association, or individually on behalf of a group of residents, to the Parking Section of the Municipal Services Department.  The request will be assessed by the Municipal Services Department.  A traffic / parking survey will be carried out to assess the nature and extent of the parking problem in the area, whether the implementation of Pay and Display parking control is considered appropriate, the suitability of the area and the capacity to accommodate a Pay and Display parking control scheme.  In primarily residential areas, if it is considered that Pay and Display is warranted, a survey and accompanying drawing will be circulated to eligible residents to obtain the residents preference in relation to the proposed introduction of Pay and Display.  A report on the proposed introduction of a parking scheme will then be brought to the Area Committee in which the proposed Scheme is located for approval. If the Scheme is approved by the Area Committee it will then go to the full Council for final approval to introduce the Scheme. For more information, contact the Parking Section on (01) 2054884. Email: parkingcontrol@dlrcoco.ie  
How will I pay for Parking?
Residents can apply for parking permits and visitors permits.  For non-residents payment will be on a Pay & Display basis.
Who is eligible to apply for a Residents Parking Permit?
The Parking Control Bye-Laws, 2007 define a resident “a person who is the occupant of a dwelling or a converted house, other than a purpose built apartment block, who satisfies the Council that his/her normal dwelling place is at premises situated within a pay parking area which relates to the parking permit”. Dwelling is defined as “a building or structure designed and used for residential purposes, other than an apartment within a purpose built apartment block”. Residents of purpose built apartment blocks are not eligible for resident’s permits. Businesses, employees and non-resident landlords are not eligible for residents permits. The display of a valid parking permit, as specified in the Parking Control Bye-Laws, is the responsibility of the applicant.
How many Residents Parking Permits can be purchased per residence?
In any one year, the Council shall, on application by a resident, issue one parking permit per resident’s car within its own pay parking area, subject to production of acceptable evidence by the resident up to an upper limit of four residents parking permits per dwelling. Where a building comprises a converted house the total number of residents’ parking permits that may be held concurrently by residents of housing units in that building shall be four subject to the limit of one residents’ parking permit per housing unit and subject to production of acceptable evidence.
How much does a Parking Permit cost?
Residential Parking Permit: Fee:    €40 per one year permit  or €75 per two year permit. Visitors Parking Permits: Visitor permits are sold at a cost of €2.00 each in multiples of 4.  The minimum order is 4 Permits at a cost of €8.00. 
Is a Residents Parking Permit interchangeable between vehicles?
A resident’s parking permit is only valid for the vehicle and the parking area indicated on the permit. Maps showing the parking areas in which the Parking Control Bye-Laws are in operation are available for inspection at County Hall, Dún Laoghaire and in the Council Offices in Dundrum.  The Parking Control Bye-Laws, 2007 may be viewed on the Council’s website.
I have changed my car, how do I change my permit?
A Change of Vehicle form must be completed.  The completed form must be accompanied by: -  a copy of the insurance certificate for the vehicle which must display the address to which the permit is being applied for. If the car is registered in the name of a company you must supply a copy of the current insurance certificate for the vehicle, AND a letter from the company stating that you are employed by them and that you have habitual use of the vehicle, AND -  the old parking permit.  If the old parking permit is not returned with the application, an ‘Application for Replacement Parking Permit’ form must be completed.
Why should residents pay to park on their own street?
The scheme is being introduced primarily for the benefit of residents, to ease parking pressures in their area.  The implementation of the scheme involves substantial costs to the Council, including road lining, signage, the provision of parking meters, and continued maintenance and enforcement costs.  The present fee for a parking permit is €40 for an annual permit or €75 for a two-year permit.
Is it possible to provide residents only parking?
There is no statutory basis for providing residents only parking on public roads.
What provision is being made for people with disabilities?
Motorists who display a ‘Parking Card for People with Disabilities’ (EU Blue Card), issued by the Irish Wheelchair Association or legitimate national authority, may park in controlled areas without payment.
Will I be guaranteed a space outside my house?
Residents permits will allow residents to park in a designated area, but will not guarantee availability of spaces.
How will visitors or tradesmen park?
Visitors permits, valid for parking in a Pay & Display bay, will be available to residents at a cost of €2.00 each.  Each permit will be valid for 1 day.  Also, short stay parking may be paid for by Pay & Display ticket.
Can residents park in areas designated for long stay/short stay parking?
Residents can park in the majority of long stay/short stay bays, once a valid residents permit is displayed, however residents may not be allowed to park in some commercial areas. Commercial areas/bays will have a time plate stating ‘Permits Not Valid’, residents may not use their permits while parking in these areas. More on Applying for Residents and Visitors Permits
How do I find out what the Pay & Display parking restrictions are?
When parking please refer to the information plates on the street, which will indicate the period during which it is permitted to park and any parking restrictions i.e. ‘Permits not Valid’.  
How do I report an instance of illegal parking?
To report an instance of illegal parking you may contact the Council’s Parking Section on P: 2054884 or email parkingcontrol@dlrcoco.ie
How much will Pay & Display cost?
The cost applicable is indicated on the Pay & Display machine and information plates.
What are the hours of operation of Pay & Display?
The hours of operation of Pay & Display would normally be 08.00 – 19.00 Monday to Friday or Monday to Saturday.
Is there a maximum parking period for motorists using Pay & Display?
The parking period permitted is indicated on the appropriate parking ticket machine and information plates. A vehicle which had been parked in a ticket parking place for the maximum period permitted in that ticket parking place, as indicated on the appropriate Pay & Display ticket parking machine or information plate, shall not be parked again in a ticket parking place on the public road in which that ticket parking place is situated until at least one hour has elapsed since the vehicle was last parked in that ticket parking place.
Are there financial supports available to ratepayers in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council?
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/     
Is there a duty on owners to notify the Local Authority of a change in occupation of rateable property?
From the 1st of July 2014 under Section 32 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014, owners of rateable property are required to notify the relevant local authority when there is a change in the occupation of their property i.e. where a property is being sold or there is a change in occupier including where a property becomes vacant. Fa by the ratepayer for the relevant period of their ownership subject toOwners must complete a Section 32 Form within 14 days of the change taking place. Owners who do not notify the local authority within 14 days will incur a financial penalty. This penalty is an amount equivalent to up to two years of outstanding rates from the previous occupier. Any penalty due and outstanding by an owner of relevant property due to non-notification will remain a charge on the property. All ratepayers are reminded that they are legally required to pay all commercial rates due from them prior to their departure from a property or prior to the sale or transfer of an interest in a property.  Any rates due and outstanding by an owner of relevant property will remain a charge on the property.
How are my Commercial Rates calculated?
Rates are calculated by multiplying the valuation of your property by the annual rate on valuation (ARV). The Commissioner of Valuation is responsible for valuations and the Local Authority for the ARV. Both of these terms are clarified as follows: Valuation: The valuation of property is determined by the Commissioner of Valuation. The basis of valuation is the Net Annual Value (NAV) i.e. the open market rental value of the property at a specified valuation date. For the purposes of revaluation in Dún Laoghaire the relevant valuation date was the 30th September 2005. Annual Rate on Valuation (ARV): The "Annual Rate on Valuation" (formerly known as "the rate in the pound"), is in effect a multiplier, and it is determined by the Council at its Annual Budget Meeting. The "rate" is then made by the Chief Executive following a public notification process. The annual rate on valuation for 2017 is €0.1648. Both the valuation and ARV are shown on your rates bill and a sample calculation would be as follows:      Rateable Valuation x Annual Rate of Valuation =  Rates       eg.     €100,000     x     €0.1648       =  €16,480.00  
Who are the Valuation Office?
The Valuation Office is the State property valuation agency. The core business of the Valuation Office is the provision of accurate, up to date valuations of commercial and industrial properties to ratepayers and rating authorities as laid down by statute (principally the Valuation Act 2001).  The Office also provides consultancy services to other Government Departments, Local Authorities, Health Boards and the Revenue Commissioners. For more information on the Valuation Office, please visit their website http://www.valoff.ie/en/
Must I pay Rates if my property is vacant?
If a property is vacant on the day the rate is made and is available for letting or undergoing refurbishment the rates must still be paid to the Council. The Ratepayer may get a rates refund provided the full year’s rates have been paid and certain conditions have been met. The Ratepayer will need to complete a Rates Vacancy Application Form  statutory undertaking and provide documentary evidence of his/her attempts to let or refurbish the property.  For 2015 and 2016, the refund available is limited to 75% of the rates. For 2017 refund available is a maximum of 50%, of the rates assessed for that year. However the 2017 budget has made a provision for a Vacant Property Assistance Scheme for ratepayers whose rate account was assessed at €10,000 or less for 2016. It provides for a relief equivalent to 25% of the rates bill assessed on eligible properties which effectively leaves the vacancy refund on these properties unaltered.
What is the membership of the Community Development, Culture and Ageing SPC?
Councillors (Total: 12) Emma Blain Deirdre Donnelly Mary Fayne Karen Furlong Mary HanafinJohn KennedyLynsey McGovernSorcha Nic CormaicPeter O'Brien (Chair) Dave O'Keeffe Patricia StewartGrace Tallon   Sectoral Representatives (Total: 6) Environment/Conversation Sector (1)- Selma Harrington (PPN) Business/Commercial Sector (1)- Vacancy (Awaiting replacement for Larry O’Connor (Chambers Ireland )) Community/Voluntary Sector (2)- Michele Relihan (PPN)- Tom Conlon (PPN) Social Inclusion Sector (2)- Ann Cannon (PPN)- Geraldine Graydon (PPN)   
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