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.
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
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
The Local Enterprise Office promotes a range of financial supports to qualifying businesses based in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County. These include a Vacant Commercial Premises Scheme which was established to encourage new businesses to ocuppy commercial premises that have been vacant for a period exceeding 6 months.
Details of this and other financial supports are available at
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.
By Bank Giro Credit Transfer/EFTA Bank Giro is attached to your Rate Demand.
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
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.
From 1 July 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. Owners must complete a Section32 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.
Section 32 Form click to download here http://www.dlrcoco.ie/sites/default/files/atoms/files/section_321.pdf
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.
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.
No, a grant will only cover a percentage of a project and the group must demonstrate the financial capacity to match the funding.
Yes, but the application to draw down the grant must be accompanied by the appropriate support documentation.
Yes, a group can apply for several grants under different categories provided each application relates to a different project/event/activity/initiative.
No, funding will only be awarded to proposals not already covered under another grant category.
No, a separate application must be submitted for each grant category.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Major Equipment Grant can only be applied for once every three years while a Minor Equipment Grant can be applied for every year.
No, the Equipment Grant applies only to the cost of desktop personal computers which remain office based.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An IAD is an identified area of disadvantage in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Under Schedule 4 of the Valuation Act the following are classed as non-rateable and would therefore have no Commercial Rates due on them;
Not for profit Organisations
> Caring for sick people
> Art Galleries/Museums
Charitable Organisations (with the exception of Charity Shops)
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.
For details of the rent caps for the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) please contact 01-2054399.
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.
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.
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.