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      What are Local Authority Rates?

      Rates are a property-based tax levied by Local Authorities on the occupiers of commercial/industrial properties in their administrative area.

      What does "Rate is made" mean?

      Each year, following the Annual Budget meeting,  the Rate books for the County are prepared and are available for inspection by the public for 14 days.  After the 14 days the rate is made by the County Manager and the seal of the Council is fixed to the Rate books.  This would generally happen late January/early February each year.  The date the Rate is made is advertised in the media each year.

      What is the money raised through rates used for?

      The income generated by rates is used to fund a wide range of services provided by the County Council throughout the County.

      What is Rateable Valuation?

      All properties are given a rateable valuation by the Commissioner of Valuation in the Valuation Office.  The Commissioner of Valuation is independent of Local Authorities.

      What is Annual Rate of Valuation?

      Following the consideration of the Annual Budget each year, the elected members of the County Council (Councillors) determine the Annual rate of valuation  to be levied for the following year.

      What is the Annual Rate of Valuation in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown?

      The Annual Rate of Valuation in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County for the last 10 years are:

      Year   Rate Date Made 
      2016 0.1624 03/02/16
      2015 0.1624 03/02/15
      2014 0.1666 03/02/2014
      2013 0.1666 24/01/2013
      2012 0.170 25/01/2012
      2011 0.170 28/01/2011
      2010 69.20 27/01/2010
      2009 70.61 23/01/2009
      2008 68.72 01/02/2008
      2007 67.37 02/02/2007
      2006 67.37 01/02/2006
      2005 66.05 02/02/2005

       

      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 County Manager following a public notification process. The annual rate on valuation for 2013 is €0.1666. Both the valuation and ARV are shown on your rates bill and a sample calculation would be as follows:

       

      Eg. Rateable Valuation         x    Annual Rate of Valuation      = Rates
       €100,000                                        €0.1666                                      €16,660
       

       

      When do the rates become due?

      Rates are payable in two moieties (i.e. two instalments), the first moiety when the rate is made and on receipt of the rates bill by the occupier of the premises and the second moiety by the 1st July. As an alternative, Ratepayers can opt to pay by monthly direct debit. 

      How do I pay my rates?

      You can pay your rates by the following methods:

      By Direct Debit
      You can pay your rates in monthly instalments over the course of one year.

      Commercial Rates Direct Debit Mandate (pdf -40kb)MS Word Icon Word doc 146 KB

      By Bank Giro Credit Transfer/EFT
      A Bank Giro is attached to your Rate Demand.

      To your Rate Collector
      See details below

      By Post
      Cheques, Money Order and Postal Orders.

      In person
      At the Council’s Offices in Dún Laoghaire and Dundrum
       
      Cash is not accepted at the Council's offices in County Hall or Dundrum. Also, cash should not be sent through the post.

      Who is my Rate Collector?

      There are there Rate Collectors in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area. The Rate Collectors are responsible for collection rates in their own areas.

      Blackrock/Dún Laoghaire/Stillorgan

      P.J. Meagher is acting as Rate Collector for the area from the County boundary with Dublin City to the centre of Dún Laoghaire.  His areas include Booterstown, Blackrock, Monkstown, Part of Dún Laoghaire from the Monkstown towards Royal Marine Road and Stillorgan/Clonskeagh.  He can be contacted at (01) 205 4798 or 086 8585867or via e-mail at pjmeagher@dlrcoco.ie.

      Dún Laoghaire/Shankill

      Emma Hynes is the Rate Collector for the area from the centre of Dún Laoghaire to the County boundary with Bray.  Her areas include part of Dún Laoghaire from Royal Marine Road towards Glasthule, Glasthule, Dalkey, Shankill, Cherrywood, Foxrock.  She can be contacted at (01) 205 4895 or 086 0204632 or via e-mail at ehynes@dlrcoco.ie.

      Dundrum/Sandyford

      Barbara Hanney is the Rate Collector for the west side of the County.  Her areas include Dundrum, Stillorgan, Sandyford, Rathfarnham and Churchtown.  She can be contacted at (01) 204 7088 or 086 1714135 or via e-mail at bhanney@dlrcoco.ie.

       

      Must I pay rates if my property is vacant?

      If a property is vacant on the day the rate is made (24th January 2013) 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 Vacancy Refund Form (Rates) (pdf -59kb) PDF Icon , statutory undertaking and provide documentary evidence of his/her attempts to let or refurbish the property. 

      If a tenant moves into a premises and there are rates due on it, can the tenant be held liable?

      A subsequent occupier may be held liable for arrears of rates for up to two years from the making of the rate. It is up to the new occupier to ensure that all rates, including the current year’s rates, and all other liabilities (e.g. water/ environmental waste charges) are paid before the closing of a sale or the assignment of a lease of any rateable property.

      What happens if I do not pay my Rates?

      If rates are not paid, legal proceedings will be initiated for the collection of the debt.

      What are the contact details of the Rates Section in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council?

      Rates Section
      Finance Department
      Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
      County Hall
      Marine Road
      Dun Laoghaire
      Co. Dublin

      Phone:          (01) 205 4821 
      Fax:             (01)  280 5581 
      e-mail:           rates@dlrcoco.ie 
      Website:       www.dlrcoco.ie/

      What if I a still unhappy with my valuation?

      If you are unhappy with the Valuation as revised by the Revision officer, there is a further right of appeal to the Valuation Tribunal.  The Valuation Tribunal is an independent body set up to settle disputed valuations.

      You must apply in writing the Valuation Tribunal within 28 days of receiving your notification of decision from the Revision Officer.  It must be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

      The contact details for the Valuation Tribunal are:

      Floor one
      Ormond House
      Ormond Quay Upper
      Dublin 7

      Phone:         (01) 872 8177 
      Fax:             (01) 872 8060 
      E-mail:         info@valuation-trib.ie

      The decision of the Valuation Tribunal is final, subject to an appeal to the High Court on a point of law.

      What is the Entry Year Property Levy and am I liable?

      The Entry Year Property Levy is a charge which the Local Authority applies to all newly erected or newly constructed properties pending the levying of commercial rates. It has been introduced for the first time in 2007 under the Local Government (Business Improvement istricts) Act 2006, which was enacted on the 24th December 2006.

      What is Revaluation?

      A revaluation is the production of an up-to-date Valuation List of all commercial and industrial property, within a rating authority area, by reference to property rental values at the specified valuation date, which, in the case of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area, was the 30th September 2005. Revaluation will result in a redistribution of commercial rates liability between ratepayers. 

      Who is responsible for Revaluation?

      The Commissioner of Valuation initiated the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown revaluation in accordance with the powers vested in him under the Valuation Act 2001, after the required statutory consultation with both the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. He made a Valuation Order on the 27th of June 2008 which started the process in the County of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. 

      Why did the Commissioner of Valuation initiate the Revaluation process?

      The former Valuation Lists did not reflect the major shifts in property values that have occurred over the years. The Commissioner sought to bring more equity, fairness and transparency into the Local Authority rating system by having valuations in line with more up to date property rental values. This is to ensure Local Authority commercial rates are assessed on the basis of an up-to-date list of valuations of commercial and industrial properties. 

      The Valuation date of the 30th September 2005 is surely irrelevant having regard to downturn the market?

      Nobody could be blamed for reaching that conclusion. The follow on to this is that ratepayers will think their rates assessment is higher than it should be because their rental values have now dropped. This is not the case. The base valuation date is largely irrelevant as the Council’s multiplier (the ARV) is altered to ensure the same levels of rates are payable, regardless of the Valuation date. 

      How does this distribution of Rates Liability Work?

      An example is the best way to explain this. Look at the following:

        Property A Property B Property C Total Rates
      Rateable Valuation €200 €200 €200  
      ARV – Pre Revaluation €69.20 €69.20 €69.20  
      Rates Liability – Pre Revaluation  €13,840 €13,840 €13,840 €41,520
      Rental Value  €60,000 €81,500 €100,000  
      ARV Post Revaluation   €0.170 €0.170 €0.170  
      Rates Liability After Revaluation €10,200 €13,855 €17,000 €41,055

      Before revaluation, each property had the same valuation and the same rates assessment. The total rates take for the Council is €41,520. After revaluation the rateable valuations now reflect the open market rental values (as at the valuation date of the 30th September 2005). You can see, following revaluation, that property A has a decreased rates assessment, property B is virtually unchanged while property C gets an increased assessment. The Council’s overall take is also less. 

      Will the revaluation process increase my rates bill?

      Revaluation is a distribution of rates liability between Ratepayers. While 60% of Ratepayers will have a decease or no change in their rates assessment this year, 40% unfortunately will have an increased assessment following revaluation and if you are in this bracket it is important that you are aware of your right of appeal - you have up until the 8th February 2011 to exercise this right. 

      What if i already made "representations" when the proposed Valuation Certificates issued last year?

      The Commissioner of Valuation considered over 2,200 individual representations from ratepayers before issuing his final Valuation Certificates. If you already made representations that have been determined by the Commissioner, you still have the right of appeal. However you should bear in mind that the Commissioner would have taken into account the matters raised by you in your representations prior to issuing a final Valuation Certificate. 

      I have received my Final Valuation Certificate from the Valuation Office. What should I do now?

      You should examine all of the documentation sent to you by the Valuation Office, particularly the extract from the Valuer’s Report, and ensure you are satisfied that it is correct. You will also have received from the Council a letter in January indicating your rates liability for 2011, the valuation of your property and the latest date for submission of appeals.

      As part of the revaluation process, draft Valuation Certificates were issued to Ratepayers in June and September of last year. At that time, ratepayers were invited to make representations to the Commissioner of Valuation. Over 2,200 ratepayers made representations. Any representations made were taken into consideration by the Commissioner prior to the issue of final Valuation Certificates.

      If you are dissatisfied with the Commissioner’s determination of your valuation, you can appeal his decision. You have up until the 8th February 2011 to make your appeal. The Commissioner of Valuation will consider your appeal and make a decision within 6 months of receiving the appeal. 

      What if I am still unhappy with my valuation after this appeal?

      There is a further right of appeal to the Valuation Tribunal. To be valid, an appeal to the Valuation Tribunal must follow the determination of the initial appeal by the Commissioner of Valuation. It must be in writing and must specify the grounds of appeal. The appeal must be made within 28 days and must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. For more information on the Valuation Tribunal visit www.valuation-trib.ie/

      Is the Valuation Tribunal's decision final?

      The decision of the Valuation Tribunal is final on the amount of the valuation. However, there is a further right of appeal to the High Court on a point of law and ultimately to the Supreme Court.

      Where can I get further information on my valuation or the revaluation process?

      Should you have any further queries you can email revalinfo@valoff.ie or call (01) 817 1033. Locall 1890 531 431 or visit the Valuation Office website atwww.valoff.ie/revaluation.html. 

      I had heard that the Council had reduced its “rate” by 2% but yet many ratepayers have had an increase in their rates assessment for this year. Why is this?

      The “rate” is normally the term associated with the ARV which is determined by the Council. We cannot compare the ARV for 2011 (€0.170) with that for 2010 (€69.20) as the ARV for 2011 is really a starting point following revaluation. 

      As with any exercise of the nature of a general revaluation of commercial properties certain categories of Ratepayers will enjoy a net gain, others will not. And even within those categories of properties where the overall rates burden will have decreased certain individual properties will show an increase in their rates liability. The revaluation process, undertaken by the Commissioner of Valuation in accordance with legislation, has resulted in 56% of ratepayers enjoying decreased rates bills, 4% seeing no change & 40% unfortunately having an increased bill. 

      What the Council has done in recognition of the difficulties re-valuation has caused many Ratepayers is to drop its rates income from what it could have been (€91.3m), as provided for in the revaluation legislation, to €88.9m, a decrease of 2.6% which has had the effect of bringing the ARV down to €0.170 instead of the higher figure permissible under the legislation of €0.174.

      Will the revaluation increase the commercial rates income for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council?

      No. The Valuation Act 2001 provides that the rates income collectible by a Council in the year immediately following revaluation cannot exceed the previous year’s rates income other than by the increase attributable to inflation. If the Council had adopted an ARV allowed for under the legislation the ARV in 2011 would have been €.0174. However, Members adopted an ARV of €0.170, 2.3% less than that permissible under the legislation. Furthermore, the Council has suffered a significant financial loss attributable to the Re-Valuation process arising from the necessity to make provision for any potential losses arising from appeals to the Valuation Office/Valuation Tribunal in 2011. It can therefore be seen that the Council did not benefit in any financial manner from the Re-Valuation process and in actuality Re-Valuation has resulted in a very significant negative impact on the Council’s finances.

      The ARV in 2010 was €69.20. This year it is €0.170. Why such a difference?

      The reason for this is due to the revaluation process (Explained further below). In 2010 the total rateable valuation of all property in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area was approximately €1,287,000. The Council’s required rates income for the year was €89,060,500 giving an ARV (multiplier) of €69.20 (€89,060,500/ €1,287,000 = €69.20). 

      Under revaluation all valuations increased to reflect open market rental values at the 30th September 2005. This means that in 2011 the total valuation of all properties in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area is €523,206,100. The Council’s required rates income for the year is €88,899,100 giving an ARV (multiplier) of €0.170 (€88,899,100/ €523,206,100 = €0.170). 

      Did the Council financially benefit from Revaluation?

      As outlined in the previous paragraph the Valuation Act 2001 provides that the rates income collectible by a Council in the year immediately following revaluation cannot exceed the previous year’s rates income other than by the increase attributable to inflation. If the Council had adopted an ARV allowed for under the legislation the ARV in 2011 would have been €.0174.

      However, Members adopted an ARV of €0.170, 2.3% less than that permissible under the legislation. Furthermore, the Council has suffered a significant financial loss attributable to the Re-Valuation process arising from the necessity to make provision for any potential losses arising from appeals to the Valuation Office/Valuation Tribunal in 2011. It can therefore be seen that the Council did not benefit in any financial manner from the Re-Valuation process and in actuality Re-Valuation has resulted in a very significant negative impact on the Council’s finances. 

      Under the legislation, I understand that the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government imposed a limit on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s rates income for this year. Can you clarify?

      This is correct. Under the Valuation Act 2001 (S.56), the Minister made a Limitation Order the effect of which was to allow for an increase in the Council’s rates income taking account of inflation using the CPI index year on year. It meant the maximum ARV the Council could fix in 2011 was €0.174. The Council’s budgetary objective was to try and limit the impact of revaluation on those ratepayers whose valuations increased. The Council decided therefore to reduce the ARV from that permissible to €0.170. This meant the Council had to make further cost savings of €2.3m to fund the reduction in the ARV in order to present a balanced budget. 

      Who do I contact if I have a query on my rates bill?

      Ratepayers should contact the Rate Collector for their area.  Ratepayers can also contact the Rates Office at 01-2054821 or email rates@dlrcoco.ie 

       

      Blackrock/Dún Laoghaire/Stillorgan

      P.J. Meagher is acting as Rate Collector for the area from the County boundary with Dublin City to the centre of Dún Laoghaire.  His areas include Booterstown, Blackrock, Monkstown, Part of Dún Laoghaire from the Monkstown towards Royal Marine Road and Stillorgan/Clonskeagh.  He can be contacted at (01) 205 4798 or 086 8585867or via e-mail at pjmeagher@dlrcoco.ie.

      Dún Laoghaire/Shankill

      Emma Hynes is the Rate Collector for the area from the centre of Dún Laoghaire to the County boundary with Bray.  Her areas include part of Dún Laoghaire from Royal Marine Road towards Glasthule, Glasthule, Dalkey, Shankill, Cherrywood, Foxrock.  She can be contacted at (01) 205 4895 or 086 0204632 or via e-mail at ehynes@dlrcoco.ie.

      Dundrum/Sandyford

      Barbara Hanney is the Rate Collector for the west side of the County.  Her areas include Dundrum, Stillorgan, Sandyford, Rathfarnham and Churchtown.  She can be contacted at (01) 204 7088 or 086 1714135 or via e-mail at bhanney@dlrcoco.ie.

      When is the Calendar of Meetings published?

      The calendar is approved by the Organisation, Procedure and Protocol Committee, which is held quarterly (i.e. March, June, September and December).  Once approved the Calendar is published on the website.

      Can I then appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information?

      Following the completion of the internal review, you may seek an independent review of the decision from the Commissioner for Environmental Information.  Appeals to the Commissioner must be made within one month of the internal review decision.  You may also appeal to the Commissioner if the Council does not reply to your request for an internal review of the original decision within one month.

      Appeals must be made in writing to the Commissioner for Environmental Information at the following address:

      Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information
      18 Lower Leeson Street
      Dublin 2

      Tel:   01 6395689
      Email:  info@ocei.ie

      Further contact details and information on the Commissioner's Office can be found on www.ocei.ie.

      Third parties affected by the decision of the Council may also appeal to the Commissioner against the Council’s decision.

      You must include the appropriate fee for your appeal (see Fees Section for more information).

      Governance

      Where can I get a copy of the Register?

      The full Register of Electors is not available to the public - this is due to legal requirements in relation to personal confidentiality.  However, the Edited Register is available from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for a fee.  For more information on the Edited Register, please see "I am concerned that my details will be available to others and I will receive junk mail "in this FAQ.

      I am concerned that my details will be available to others and I will receive junk-mail?

      Since 2004, registration authorities are required to publish two versions of the Register - the Full Register and the Edited Register.  The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote and can only be used for an electoral or other statutory purpose.  The edited Register contains the names and addresses of persons whose details can be used for a purpose other than an electoral or other statutory purpose e.g. direct marketing use by a commercial or other organisation.  To ensure your details are not included on the Edited Register, choose the 'opt-out box' on the registration form.

      I have mislaid my polling card. Can I still vote?

      The polling card is not mandatory for voting.  However, even if you have received a polling card, you will need to bring one of the following documents as proof of identification:

      • Passport
      • A current Driving Licence
      • An Employee identity card containing a photograph
      • A student identity card issued by an educational institution and containing a photograph
      • A Travel document containing name and photograph
      • A Bank or Savings or Credit Union book containing address
      • A temporary Residence Certificate card
      • A cheque card*
      • A credit card*
      • A birth certificate*
      • A marriage certificate*

      *The last 4 items must be accompanied by a further document which established the address of the holder in the constituency or local electoral area.

      If I am abroad while the Register is being compiled, can I continue to remain on the Register even though I am not residing at my home address?

      You can remain on the Register if you intend to return to your residence within 18 months.

      Who are my Current Local Councillors?
      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 Peoples
      Freedom of Information Officer
      Corporate, Communications & Governance Department
      Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

      County Hall

      Marine Road

      Dún Laoghaire
      Co. 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 is my Right of Appeal?

      If you are not satisfied with the response to your request or if the Council fail to respond within the assigned timeframe, you can request an internal review of the matter.   That review will be undertaken by an officer of the Council who was unconnected to the original decision.  You must make your appeal within one month of receiving the original decision letter and the Council must respond to your appeal within one month of receipt of same.

      Please submit your appeal to:

      Conor Peoples
      Freedom of Information Officer
      Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
      Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
      Marine Road
      Dún Laoghaire
      Co. Dublin

      Tel:  01 2047053

      Fax:  01 2806969

      Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

      What is the membership of the Community Development, Culture and Ageing SPC?

      Councillors (Total: 12)

      Emma Blain

      Deirdre Donnelly

      Mary Fayne

      Karen Furlong

      Mary Hanafin
      John Kennedy
      Lynsey McGovern
      Sorcha Nic Cormaic
      Peter O'Brien (Chair)

      Dave O'Keeffe

      Patricia Stewart
      Grace 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) 

       

      What is the membership of the Economic Development and Enterprise SPC?

      Councillors (Total: 14)

      Emma Blain

      Chris Curran

      Kevin Daly
      Liam Dockery
      Kate Feeney
      Melisa Halpin
      Mary Hanafin

      John Kennedy
      Lettie McCarthy
      Tom Murphy
      Peter 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 Environment, Climate Change and Energy SPC?

      Councillors (Total: 12)

      Marie Baker
      Jennifer Cuffe
      Cormac Devlin
      Mary Fayne
      Hugh Lewis
      Lynsey McGovern

      Carron McKinney
      Sorcha Nic Cormaic
      Seamas O'Neill
      Barry Saul
      Carrie Smyth
      Ossian Smyth (Chairperson)

       

      Sectoral Representatives (Total: 6)

      Agriculture/Farming Sector (1)

      - Denis Mulvey (IFA)

      Environment/Conservation Sector (1)
      - Diarmuid McAree (PPN)

      Development/Construction Sector (1)
      - Peter Clancy (Chambers Ireland)

      Business/Commercial Sector (1)
      - Errol Close (Chambers Ireland)

      Community/Voluntary Sector (1)
      - Elizabeth Clooney (PPN)

      Social Inclusion Sector (1)
      - Marese Hegarty (PPN)

      What is the membership of the Planning SPC?

      Councillors (Total: 14)

      Marie Baker

      Shay Brennan

      Anne Colgan

      Jennifer Cuffe
      Kevin Daly

      Karen Furlong

      Jim Gildea
      Carron McKinney
      Michael Merrigan (Chair)
      Brian Murphy
      Tom Murphy

      Dave O'Keeffe
      Patricia Stewart
      Grace 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 Feeney
      Jim Gildea
      Melisa Halpin
      Pat Hand
      Deirdre Kingston
      Michael Merrigan
      Brian Murphy
      Denis 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 Dockery
      Deirdre Donnelly
      Pat Hand
      Deirdre Kingston
      Hugh Lewis
      Lettie McCarthy
      Shane O'Brien
      Seamas O'Neill
      Barry Saul

      Dónal Smith
      Ossian Smyth
      Barry 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 type of information can I request access to?

      You can request access to personal information held by Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council about you regardless of when the information was created.

      You can also gain access to other non-personal records created after 21st October 1998.   

      Some records are not immediately available under the FOI Act.   Access may be restricted by certain exemptions or involve specific procedures and time limits.

      Do I need to pay a fee when making a request under the FOI Act?

      Whilst there is no fee for the initial FOI request, the Council may apply search, retrieval and copying fees, subject to thresholds set out in the Act.  Please see the attached document entitled 'Freedom of Information Fees' for more info.

       

      Other Charges

      In line with Section 27 of the Act, charges may be applied for the time spent finding records and for any photocopying costs incurred in providing the material requested.   Fees will not be charged in respect of personal records, except where a large number of records are involved.   Fees for search, retrieval and copying of records are set in accordance with Statutory Instruments No 484 of 2014 as follows:

       

      € 20 per hour of search retrieval
      € 0.04 per sheet for a photocopy
      € 10 for a CD Rom

      Fees and charges paid by money order or cheque should be made payable to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

       

      Reductions and Waivers

      A fee in respect of search, retrieval and copying of records will be waived where the cost does not exceed €100.

      Does my request have to be in writing?

      Requests must be made in writing and delivered by hand, post, email or fax.  All requests should be addressed to:

      Mr. Conor Peoples
      Freedom of Information Officer
      Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
      Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
      Marine Road
      Dún Laoghaire
      Co. Dublin

      DDI:  01 2047053
      Fax:   01 2806969

      Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

       

      You must state that you are requesting the information under the Freedom of Information Acts.

       

      Requests should contain sufficient information to enable us identify the records in question.  They should also specify the format in which access to records is sought, for example photocopy of records, viewing of file, email etc.

      If you choose to use our FOI Application Form please find it attached under the Related Documents heading above

      How do I access my personal data?

      Under Section 3 of the Data Protection Acts, you have a right to find out, free of charge, if the Council holds information about you.  You also have the right to be given a description of the information and to be told the purpose(s) for holding your information.   The Council must respond to your request under Section 3 within 21 days.

       

      Under Section 4 of the Data Protection Acts, you have a right to get a copy of your personal information.  This applies to all types of information e.g. written information, CCTV etc.  You are entitled to know where the information was obtained, how it has been used and if it has been passed on to anyone else.

       

      All requests for personal details must be made in writing, either by post, email or fax.  You may be asked for evidence of your identity.  This is to make sure that personal information is not given to the wrong person.  Please address your request to:

       

      Mr. Tom Mahon

      Data Protection Officer

      Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
      Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
      Marine Road
      Dún Laoghaire
      Co. Dublin

      DDI:  01 2054787
      Fax:  01 2806969
      Email:  tmahon@dlrcoco.ie

      Office email:  foi@dlrcoco.ie

       

      In your request, you should give any details that will help the County Council to identify you and find your data e.g. any previous address and/or date of birth.  Also, be clear about which details you are looking for if you are only looking for certain information. 

       

      You should receive these details within 40 days of your request.

      Is there a right of appeal to the Data Protection Commissioner?

      The Data Protection Commissioner

      If you feel the Council is not respecting your data protection rights, you should contact us.   If you are then not satisfied with our response, you may contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner – details as follows:

       

      The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
      Canal House
      Station Road
      Portarlington
      Co. Laois

       

      LoCall:  1890 252 231            Tel:  057 868 4800        Fax:  057 868 4757

      Email:  info@dataprotection.ie

      Website:  https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Home/4.htm

      Is there a right of appeal open to me?

      If you feel the Council is not respecting your data protection rights, you should contact the organisation's Data Protection Officer, Mr. Tom Mahon.  If you are then not satisfied with our response, you may contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner – details as follows:

       

      The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
      Canal House
      Station Road
      Portarlington
      Co Laois

      LoCall:  1890 252 231            Tel:  057 868 4800        Fax:  057 868 4757

      Email:  info@dataprotection.ie

      Website:  https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Home/4.htm

      Who are the Designated Public Officials in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council?

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      Finance

      I am liable for some years?

      If you are liable there may be a penalty for late payment..

      I paid NPPR but cannot remember details?

      In order for us to assist locating a payment it is best to supply your PPS number and or the NPPR registration number which may have been emailed to you when you paid. 

      Commercial Rates

      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/

      What are Local Authority Rates?

      Rates are a property-based tax levied by Local Authorities on the occupiers of commercial/industrial properties in their administrative area.
       

      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 does “Rate is made” mean?

      Each year, following the Annual Budget meeting,  the Rate books for the County are prepared and are available for inspection by the public for 14 days.  After the 14 days the rate is made by the Chief Executive and the seal of the Council is fixed to the Rate books.  This would generally happen late January/early February each year.  The date the Rate is made is advertised in the media each year.
       

      What is the money raised through Rates used for?

      The income generated by rates is used to fund a wide range of services provided by the County Council throughout the County.

      What is Rateable Valuation?

      All properties are given a rateable valuation by the Commissioner of Valuation in the Valuation Office.  The Commissioner of Valuation is independent of Local Authorities.
       

      What is Annual Rate of Valuation?

      Following the consideration of the Annual Budget each year, the elected members of the County Council (Councillors) determine the Annual rate of valuation  to be levied for the following year.
       

      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.

      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

       

      How do I pay my Rates?

      You can pay your rates by the following methods:

      By Direct Debit
      You can pay your rates in monthly instalments over the course of one year by completing our Direct Debit Mandate Form

      By Bank Giro Credit Transfer/EFT

      A Bank Giro is attached to your Rate Demand.

      Credit/Debit Card

      Telephone 01 2054821 or 01 2054339 (maximum amount €5,000)

      In person
      At 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.

      If a tenant moves into a premises and there are rates due on it, can the tenant be held liable?

      It is up to the new occupier to ensure that all rates, including the current year’s rates and all other liabilities are paid before the closing of a sale or the assignment of a lease of any rateable property.

       

      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 to Owners 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.

      What can I do if I am unhappy with my rateable valuation?

      If you are not happy with the rateable valuation on your property, you may apply in writing to the Commissioner of Valuation to have the valuation of the property revised. However, you may only apply for a revision of valuation where there is a physical material change to the property, for example, increase/decrease in floor area. The application must be accompanied by a fee.  The current fee for listing a property is €250.00.

      The Rating Authority may also request a revision of the valuation of a property.  The Commissioner of Valuation may also initiate revisions of valuation, see http://www.valoff.ie/en/

      What happens if I request a revision of rateable valuation?

      A Valuer (called a Revision officer) from the Valuation Office will call to assess your property.  Where possible the Revision Officer will make contact prior to the inspection to arrange an appointment.  Once the property is inspected, the Revision Officer will send you a draft certificate containing the proposed valuation and other details of your property.

      If you are unhappy with the valuation or other details on this draft certificate you may make representations to the Revision Officer within 28 day of the issuing of the draft certificate, see http://www.valoff.ie/en/
       

      What are the contact details of the Valuation Office?

      Valuation Office Ireland
      Irish Life Centre
      Abbey Street Lower
      Dublin 1

      Phone General Queries: (01) 817 1000
      FAX:            (01) 817 1180
      e-mail:           info@valoff.ie
      Website:       http://www.valoff.ie/en/

       

      What if I am still unhappy with my revised valuation?

      If you are unhappy with the Valuation as revised by the Revision officer, there is a further right of appeal to the Valuation Tribunal.  The Valuation Tribunal is an independent body set up to settle disputed valuations.

      You must apply in writing the Valuation Tribunal within 28 days of receiving your notification of decision from the Revision Officer.  It must be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

      The contact details for the Valuation Tribunal are:

      Floor one
      Ormond House
      Ormond Quay Upper
      Dublin 7

      Phone:         (01) 872 8177
      Fax:             (01) 872 8060
      E-mail:         info@valuation-trib.ie

      The decision of the Valuation Tribunal is final, subject to an appeal to the High Court on a point of law.
       

      What is the Entry Year Property Levy and am I liable?

      The Entry Year Property Levy is a charge which the Local Authority applies to all newly erected or newly constructed properties pending the levying of commercial rates. It has been introduced for the first time in 2007 under the Local Government (Business Improvement istricts) Act 2006, which was enacted on the 24th December 2006.
       

      Are there financial supports available to ratepayers in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council?

      The Council are operating two business support schemes for eligible ratepayers.

      The Business Support Scheme 2017 - 4% of Rates Bill for Eligible Ratepayers provides for the payment of a grant to eligible businesses equivalent to 4% of their 2016 rates bill subject to a maximum of €400.This grant will benefit businesses located in the County whose rates account was assessed at €10,000 or less for 2016. It will not be necessary for eligible businesses to apply for the support scheme payment.  

      The 2017 budget also makes provision for the Rates Vacant Property Assistance Scheme 2017 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.

      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/ 

       

       

      What happens if I do not pay my Rates?

      If Rates are not paid, legal proceedings will be initiated for the collection of the debt.

      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                                                                                                                                       

      Electoral Services

      I cannot find my name through the search facility on your website...

      In order to comply with Data Protection regulations, our system is set up to only confirm exact details that are inputted on the query page.  

       

      Have you highlighted the correct townland from the drop down list?

      Have you tried to search for your details by entering your Eircode?

      Have you entered your full Christian name and surname e.g., Anthony McVeigh could be entered as Tony McVeigh?

      The entries on the register are what is put on your form, some electors have a given name but go by another name e.g., Margaret but is known as Peggy.

      You could have put Patrick on your form and are searching under Paddy or Pat.

      Surnames beginning with O’Reilly, McMahon/Mac or Irish names could have spaces or fada’s e.g., Ó Bradaigh or Uί Bhroin.

      Hyphenated names could have a space or a hyphen.

       

      If you applied to be included on the Register after 25th November you will not see yourself on the Live Register on line which is published on 1st February each year.  

       

      If you applied to be included on the Register after it is published on 1st February you will not see yourself on line.   You will be included on the Draft Register which you can view on line from 1st November.

       

      If you are included on a supplement to the Register you will not see yourself on line until after the closing date for inclusion.

      Why was my name taken off the Register?

      During the summer months an RFA form is delivered to householders for completion and returned to us so the register can be updated.   If you are not included on this form your name will be removed from the Register as only persons listed as ordinarily residing at this address are included on the Register.

      I will be 18 years of age after the Register comes into force on 15th February but will be 18 years of age before Polling Day, can I be included on the Register?

      You can apply to be included on a Supplement to the Register by completing a Supplement Application Form (RFA2), having the form witnessed  at a Garda Station and returned to us before the closing date to be included on the supplement.

      How can I check the Draft Register?
      •  on our website at this link
      • By calling the Register Section on 01 2054880
      •  In person at the Council Offices in Dun Laoghaire and Dundrum
      •  In Person at your local library, Post Office or Garda Station
      Is there anything I can do if it is Polling Day and I have not received my Polling Card?

      Firstly you should contact our office at 01 205 4880 and clarify that you are registered at your correct address and have the correct status/nationality.  Once these two details have been confirmed as correct, you can then be given directions to the correct Polling Station in order for you to use your vote.

      I have a disability - what special arrangements have been put in place for me?

      The website of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government contains information for voters with disabilities 

      http://www.environ.ie/sites/default/files/migrated-files/en/Publications/LocalGovernment/Voting/FileDownLoad%2C1896%2Cen.pdf

      Where can I find my Local Polling Station?

      The location of Polling Stations are reviewed in the run-up to any election/referendum. 

      Find your Polling Station location

      I sent in a 'Change of Address form' (RFA3) yet I am still listed at my previous address?

      Once the Register comes into force on 15th February each year it cannot be amended.   Your details will be changed in the background and if an election/referendum is called during the life of the Register you will not receive a polling card for your previous address.

      I have changed address after the Register came into force on 15th February, can I be included on the Register at my new address if an Election/Referendum is called?

      You can apply to be included on a Supplement to the Register by completing a Supplement Application Form (RFA3), having the form witnessed  at a Garda Station and returned to us before the closing date to be included on the supplement.

      I am on the Register and have now become an Irish Citizen after the Register came into force on 15th February, can my citizenship be changed on the Register if an Election/Referendum is called?

      You can complete an application form (RFA5) for inclusion in the Supplement to the Register of Electors, having the form witnessed at a Garda Station and must attach evidence of your Irish citizenship, for example, a copy of your Certificate of Naturalisation or the relevant page in your Irish Passport.

      I applied to be included on the Supplement but cannot see myself on line?

      The Supplement is only put up on line after the closing date for inclusion.

      An Election/Referendum is called and I am not registered, can I vote?

      No.   You must be on the Register to be able to vote.

      What does Election type mean?

      Presidential :  Resident Irish citizens can vote in Referendum or

                              Presidential Election, Dáil Elections, European   

                              Elections and Local Elections.

      Dáil:                Resident British citizens (D) can vote in Dáil

                              Elections, European Elections and Local Elections.

      European:      Resident EU citizens (E) can vote in European

                              Elections and Local Elections.

      Local:             Resident Non-EU citizens (L) can vote in Local

                              Elections.

      *as indicated on the register.

      Council Business

      What is the Representational Payment for a Councillor

      The  Representational Payment is currently:-   €16,565.00

      How often do SPC meetings take place?

      Each SPC meets on a quarterly basis (i.e. March, June, September & December).

      What are the rules governing the payment of the 'Annual Expense Allowance'

      Payment of the Travel & Subsistence  is made subject to Councillors attendance rate quota of 80% of all meetings which the Councillors is due to attend.

      Payment of the Annual Allowance is made subject to Councillors attendance ratequota of 50% of all meetings which the Councillor is due attend.

      What is the Allowance Payable to the Cathaoirleach and Leas-Chathaoirleach of Local Authorities under S143?

      Section 143  Local Government Act 2001  [As Amended] 

      €30K  for the Cathaoirleach Allowance

      €6K for the Leas-Chathaoirleach Allowance

      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.

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The Council & Democracy

What are Local Authority Rates?

Rates are a property-based tax levied by Local Authorities on the occupiers of commercial/industrial properties in their administrative area.

What does "Rate is made" mean?

Each year, following the Annual Budget meeting,  the Rate books for the County are prepared and are available for inspection by the public for 14 days.  After the 14 days the rate is made by the County Manager and the seal of the Council is fixed to the Rate books.  This would generally happen late January/early February each year.  The date the Rate is made is advertised in the media each year.

What is the money raised through rates used for?

The income generated by rates is used to fund a wide range of services provided by the County Council throughout the County.

What is Rateable Valuation?

All properties are given a rateable valuation by the Commissioner of Valuation in the Valuation Office.  The Commissioner of Valuation is independent of Local Authorities.

What is Annual Rate of Valuation?

Following the consideration of the Annual Budget each year, the elected members of the County Council (Councillors) determine the Annual rate of valuation  to be levied for the following year.

What is the Annual Rate of Valuation in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown?

The Annual Rate of Valuation in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County for the last 10 years are:

Year   Rate Date Made 
2016 0.1624 03/02/16
2015 0.1624 03/02/15
2014 0.1666 03/02/2014
2013 0.1666 24/01/2013
2012 0.170 25/01/2012
2011 0.170 28/01/2011
2010 69.20 27/01/2010
2009 70.61 23/01/2009
2008 68.72 01/02/2008
2007 67.37 02/02/2007
2006 67.37 01/02/2006
2005 66.05 02/02/2005

 

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 County Manager following a public notification process. The annual rate on valuation for 2013 is €0.1666. Both the valuation and ARV are shown on your rates bill and a sample calculation would be as follows:

 

Eg. Rateable Valuation         x    Annual Rate of Valuation      = Rates
 €100,000                                        €0.1666                                      €16,660
 

 

When do the rates become due?

Rates are payable in two moieties (i.e. two instalments), the first moiety when the rate is made and on receipt of the rates bill by the occupier of the premises and the second moiety by the 1st July. As an alternative, Ratepayers can opt to pay by monthly direct debit. 

How do I pay my rates?

You can pay your rates by the following methods:

By Direct Debit
You can pay your rates in monthly instalments over the course of one year.

Commercial Rates Direct Debit Mandate (pdf -40kb)MS Word Icon Word doc 146 KB

By Bank Giro Credit Transfer/EFT
A Bank Giro is attached to your Rate Demand.

To your Rate Collector
See details below

By Post
Cheques, Money Order and Postal Orders.

In person
At the Council’s Offices in Dún Laoghaire and Dundrum
 
Cash is not accepted at the Council's offices in County Hall or Dundrum. Also, cash should not be sent through the post.

Who is my Rate Collector?

There are there Rate Collectors in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area. The Rate Collectors are responsible for collection rates in their own areas.

Blackrock/Dún Laoghaire/Stillorgan

P.J. Meagher is acting as Rate Collector for the area from the County boundary with Dublin City to the centre of Dún Laoghaire.  His areas include Booterstown, Blackrock, Monkstown, Part of Dún Laoghaire from the Monkstown towards Royal Marine Road and Stillorgan/Clonskeagh.  He can be contacted at (01) 205 4798 or 086 8585867or via e-mail at pjmeagher@dlrcoco.ie.

Dún Laoghaire/Shankill

Emma Hynes is the Rate Collector for the area from the centre of Dún Laoghaire to the County boundary with Bray.  Her areas include part of Dún Laoghaire from Royal Marine Road towards Glasthule, Glasthule, Dalkey, Shankill, Cherrywood, Foxrock.  She can be contacted at (01) 205 4895 or 086 0204632 or via e-mail at ehynes@dlrcoco.ie.

Dundrum/Sandyford

Barbara Hanney is the Rate Collector for the west side of the County.  Her areas include Dundrum, Stillorgan, Sandyford, Rathfarnham and Churchtown.  She can be contacted at (01) 204 7088 or 086 1714135 or via e-mail at bhanney@dlrcoco.ie.

 

Must I pay rates if my property is vacant?

If a property is vacant on the day the rate is made (24th January 2013) 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 Vacancy Refund Form (Rates) (pdf -59kb) PDF Icon , statutory undertaking and provide documentary evidence of his/her attempts to let or refurbish the property. 

If a tenant moves into a premises and there are rates due on it, can the tenant be held liable?

A subsequent occupier may be held liable for arrears of rates for up to two years from the making of the rate. It is up to the new occupier to ensure that all rates, including the current year’s rates, and all other liabilities (e.g. water/ environmental waste charges) are paid before the closing of a sale or the assignment of a lease of any rateable property.

What happens if I do not pay my Rates?

If rates are not paid, legal proceedings will be initiated for the collection of the debt.

What are the contact details of the Rates Section in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council?

Rates Section
Finance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
County Hall
Marine Road
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

Phone:          (01) 205 4821 
Fax:             (01)  280 5581 
e-mail:           rates@dlrcoco.ie 
Website:       www.dlrcoco.ie/

What if I a still unhappy with my valuation?

If you are unhappy with the Valuation as revised by the Revision officer, there is a further right of appeal to the Valuation Tribunal.  The Valuation Tribunal is an independent body set up to settle disputed valuations.

You must apply in writing the Valuation Tribunal within 28 days of receiving your notification of decision from the Revision Officer.  It must be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

The contact details for the Valuation Tribunal are:

Floor one
Ormond House
Ormond Quay Upper
Dublin 7

Phone:         (01) 872 8177 
Fax:             (01) 872 8060 
E-mail:         info@valuation-trib.ie

The decision of the Valuation Tribunal is final, subject to an appeal to the High Court on a point of law.

What is the Entry Year Property Levy and am I liable?

The Entry Year Property Levy is a charge which the Local Authority applies to all newly erected or newly constructed properties pending the levying of commercial rates. It has been introduced for the first time in 2007 under the Local Government (Business Improvement istricts) Act 2006, which was enacted on the 24th December 2006.

What is Revaluation?

A revaluation is the production of an up-to-date Valuation List of all commercial and industrial property, within a rating authority area, by reference to property rental values at the specified valuation date, which, in the case of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area, was the 30th September 2005. Revaluation will result in a redistribution of commercial rates liability between ratepayers. 

Who is responsible for Revaluation?

The Commissioner of Valuation initiated the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown revaluation in accordance with the powers vested in him under the Valuation Act 2001, after the required statutory consultation with both the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. He made a Valuation Order on the 27th of June 2008 which started the process in the County of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. 

Why did the Commissioner of Valuation initiate the Revaluation process?

The former Valuation Lists did not reflect the major shifts in property values that have occurred over the years. The Commissioner sought to bring more equity, fairness and transparency into the Local Authority rating system by having valuations in line with more up to date property rental values. This is to ensure Local Authority commercial rates are assessed on the basis of an up-to-date list of valuations of commercial and industrial properties. 

The Valuation date of the 30th September 2005 is surely irrelevant having regard to downturn the market?

Nobody could be blamed for reaching that conclusion. The follow on to this is that ratepayers will think their rates assessment is higher than it should be because their rental values have now dropped. This is not the case. The base valuation date is largely irrelevant as the Council’s multiplier (the ARV) is altered to ensure the same levels of rates are payable, regardless of the Valuation date. 

How does this distribution of Rates Liability Work?

An example is the best way to explain this. Look at the following:

  Property A Property B Property C Total Rates
Rateable Valuation €200 €200 €200  
ARV – Pre Revaluation €69.20 €69.20 €69.20  
Rates Liability – Pre Revaluation  €13,840 €13,840 €13,840 €41,520
Rental Value  €60,000 €81,500 €100,000  
ARV Post Revaluation   €0.170 €0.170 €0.170  
Rates Liability After Revaluation €10,200 €13,855 €17,000 €41,055

Before revaluation, each property had the same valuation and the same rates assessment. The total rates take for the Council is €41,520. After revaluation the rateable valuations now reflect the open market rental values (as at the valuation date of the 30th September 2005). You can see, following revaluation, that property A has a decreased rates assessment, property B is virtually unchanged while property C gets an increased assessment. The Council’s overall take is also less. 

Will the revaluation process increase my rates bill?

Revaluation is a distribution of rates liability between Ratepayers. While 60% of Ratepayers will have a decease or no change in their rates assessment this year, 40% unfortunately will have an increased assessment following revaluation and if you are in this bracket it is important that you are aware of your right of appeal - you have up until the 8th February 2011 to exercise this right. 

What if i already made "representations" when the proposed Valuation Certificates issued last year?

The Commissioner of Valuation considered over 2,200 individual representations from ratepayers before issuing his final Valuation Certificates. If you already made representations that have been determined by the Commissioner, you still have the right of appeal. However you should bear in mind that the Commissioner would have taken into account the matters raised by you in your representations prior to issuing a final Valuation Certificate. 

I have received my Final Valuation Certificate from the Valuation Office. What should I do now?

You should examine all of the documentation sent to you by the Valuation Office, particularly the extract from the Valuer’s Report, and ensure you are satisfied that it is correct. You will also have received from the Council a letter in January indicating your rates liability for 2011, the valuation of your property and the latest date for submission of appeals.

As part of the revaluation process, draft Valuation Certificates were issued to Ratepayers in June and September of last year. At that time, ratepayers were invited to make representations to the Commissioner of Valuation. Over 2,200 ratepayers made representations. Any representations made were taken into consideration by the Commissioner prior to the issue of final Valuation Certificates.

If you are dissatisfied with the Commissioner’s determination of your valuation, you can appeal his decision. You have up until the 8th February 2011 to make your appeal. The Commissioner of Valuation will consider your appeal and make a decision within 6 months of receiving the appeal. 

What if I am still unhappy with my valuation after this appeal?

There is a further right of appeal to the Valuation Tribunal. To be valid, an appeal to the Valuation Tribunal must follow the determination of the initial appeal by the Commissioner of Valuation. It must be in writing and must specify the grounds of appeal. The appeal must be made within 28 days and must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. For more information on the Valuation Tribunal visit www.valuation-trib.ie/

Is the Valuation Tribunal's decision final?

The decision of the Valuation Tribunal is final on the amount of the valuation. However, there is a further right of appeal to the High Court on a point of law and ultimately to the Supreme Court.

Where can I get further information on my valuation or the revaluation process?

Should you have any further queries you can email revalinfo@valoff.ie or call (01) 817 1033. Locall 1890 531 431 or visit the Valuation Office website atwww.valoff.ie/revaluation.html. 

I had heard that the Council had reduced its “rate” by 2% but yet many ratepayers have had an increase in their rates assessment for this year. Why is this?

The “rate” is normally the term associated with the ARV which is determined by the Council. We cannot compare the ARV for 2011 (€0.170) with that for 2010 (€69.20) as the ARV for 2011 is really a starting point following revaluation. 

As with any exercise of the nature of a general revaluation of commercial properties certain categories of Ratepayers will enjoy a net gain, others will not. And even within those categories of properties where the overall rates burden will have decreased certain individual properties will show an increase in their rates liability. The revaluation process, undertaken by the Commissioner of Valuation in accordance with legislation, has resulted in 56% of ratepayers enjoying decreased rates bills, 4% seeing no change & 40% unfortunately having an increased bill. 

What the Council has done in recognition of the difficulties re-valuation has caused many Ratepayers is to drop its rates income from what it could have been (€91.3m), as provided for in the revaluation legislation, to €88.9m, a decrease of 2.6% which has had the effect of bringing the ARV down to €0.170 instead of the higher figure permissible under the legislation of €0.174.

Will the revaluation increase the commercial rates income for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council?

No. The Valuation Act 2001 provides that the rates income collectible by a Council in the year immediately following revaluation cannot exceed the previous year’s rates income other than by the increase attributable to inflation. If the Council had adopted an ARV allowed for under the legislation the ARV in 2011 would have been €.0174. However, Members adopted an ARV of €0.170, 2.3% less than that permissible under the legislation. Furthermore, the Council has suffered a significant financial loss attributable to the Re-Valuation process arising from the necessity to make provision for any potential losses arising from appeals to the Valuation Office/Valuation Tribunal in 2011. It can therefore be seen that the Council did not benefit in any financial manner from the Re-Valuation process and in actuality Re-Valuation has resulted in a very significant negative impact on the Council’s finances.

The ARV in 2010 was €69.20. This year it is €0.170. Why such a difference?

The reason for this is due to the revaluation process (Explained further below). In 2010 the total rateable valuation of all property in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area was approximately €1,287,000. The Council’s required rates income for the year was €89,060,500 giving an ARV (multiplier) of €69.20 (€89,060,500/ €1,287,000 = €69.20). 

Under revaluation all valuations increased to reflect open market rental values at the 30th September 2005. This means that in 2011 the total valuation of all properties in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area is €523,206,100. The Council’s required rates income for the year is €88,899,100 giving an ARV (multiplier) of €0.170 (€88,899,100/ €523,206,100 = €0.170). 

Did the Council financially benefit from Revaluation?

As outlined in the previous paragraph the Valuation Act 2001 provides that the rates income collectible by a Council in the year immediately following revaluation cannot exceed the previous year’s rates income other than by the increase attributable to inflation. If the Council had adopted an ARV allowed for under the legislation the ARV in 2011 would have been €.0174.

However, Members adopted an ARV of €0.170, 2.3% less than that permissible under the legislation. Furthermore, the Council has suffered a significant financial loss attributable to the Re-Valuation process arising from the necessity to make provision for any potential losses arising from appeals to the Valuation Office/Valuation Tribunal in 2011. It can therefore be seen that the Council did not benefit in any financial manner from the Re-Valuation process and in actuality Re-Valuation has resulted in a very significant negative impact on the Council’s finances. 

Under the legislation, I understand that the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government imposed a limit on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s rates income for this year. Can you clarify?

This is correct. Under the Valuation Act 2001 (S.56), the Minister made a Limitation Order the effect of which was to allow for an increase in the Council’s rates income taking account of inflation using the CPI index year on year. It meant the maximum ARV the Council could fix in 2011 was €0.174. The Council’s budgetary objective was to try and limit the impact of revaluation on those ratepayers whose valuations increased. The Council decided therefore to reduce the ARV from that permissible to €0.170. This meant the Council had to make further cost savings of €2.3m to fund the reduction in the ARV in order to present a balanced budget. 

Who do I contact if I have a query on my rates bill?

Ratepayers should contact the Rate Collector for their area.  Ratepayers can also contact the Rates Office at 01-2054821 or email rates@dlrcoco.ie 

 

Blackrock/Dún Laoghaire/Stillorgan

P.J. Meagher is acting as Rate Collector for the area from the County boundary with Dublin City to the centre of Dún Laoghaire.  His areas include Booterstown, Blackrock, Monkstown, Part of Dún Laoghaire from the Monkstown towards Royal Marine Road and Stillorgan/Clonskeagh.  He can be contacted at (01) 205 4798 or 086 8585867or via e-mail at pjmeagher@dlrcoco.ie.

Dún Laoghaire/Shankill

Emma Hynes is the Rate Collector for the area from the centre of Dún Laoghaire to the County boundary with Bray.  Her areas include part of Dún Laoghaire from Royal Marine Road towards Glasthule, Glasthule, Dalkey, Shankill, Cherrywood, Foxrock.  She can be contacted at (01) 205 4895 or 086 0204632 or via e-mail at ehynes@dlrcoco.ie.

Dundrum/Sandyford

Barbara Hanney is the Rate Collector for the west side of the County.  Her areas include Dundrum, Stillorgan, Sandyford, Rathfarnham and Churchtown.  She can be contacted at (01) 204 7088 or 086 1714135 or via e-mail at bhanney@dlrcoco.ie.

When is the Calendar of Meetings published?

The calendar is approved by the Organisation, Procedure and Protocol Committee, which is held quarterly (i.e. March, June, September and December).  Once approved the Calendar is published on the website.

Can I then appeal to the Commissioner for Environmental Information?

Following the completion of the internal review, you may seek an independent review of the decision from the Commissioner for Environmental Information.  Appeals to the Commissioner must be made within one month of the internal review decision.  You may also appeal to the Commissioner if the Council does not reply to your request for an internal review of the original decision within one month.

Appeals must be made in writing to the Commissioner for Environmental Information at the following address:

Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information
18 Lower Leeson Street
Dublin 2

Tel:   01 6395689
Email:  info@ocei.ie

Further contact details and information on the Commissioner's Office can be found on www.ocei.ie.

Third parties affected by the decision of the Council may also appeal to the Commissioner against the Council’s decision.

You must include the appropriate fee for your appeal (see Fees Section for more information).

Governance

Where can I get a copy of the Register?

The full Register of Electors is not available to the public - this is due to legal requirements in relation to personal confidentiality.  However, the Edited Register is available from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for a fee.  For more information on the Edited Register, please see "I am concerned that my details will be available to others and I will receive junk mail "in this FAQ.

I am concerned that my details will be available to others and I will receive junk-mail?

Since 2004, registration authorities are required to publish two versions of the Register - the Full Register and the Edited Register.  The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote and can only be used for an electoral or other statutory purpose.  The edited Register contains the names and addresses of persons whose details can be used for a purpose other than an electoral or other statutory purpose e.g. direct marketing use by a commercial or other organisation.  To ensure your details are not included on the Edited Register, choose the 'opt-out box' on the registration form.

I have mislaid my polling card. Can I still vote?

The polling card is not mandatory for voting.  However, even if you have received a polling card, you will need to bring one of the following documents as proof of identification:

  • Passport
  • A current Driving Licence
  • An Employee identity card containing a photograph
  • A student identity card issued by an educational institution and containing a photograph
  • A Travel document containing name and photograph
  • A Bank or Savings or Credit Union book containing address
  • A temporary Residence Certificate card
  • A cheque card*
  • A credit card*
  • A birth certificate*
  • A marriage certificate*

*The last 4 items must be accompanied by a further document which established the address of the holder in the constituency or local electoral area.

If I am abroad while the Register is being compiled, can I continue to remain on the Register even though I am not residing at my home address?

You can remain on the Register if you intend to return to your residence within 18 months.

Who are my Current Local Councillors?
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 Peoples
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate, Communications & Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

County Hall

Marine Road

Dún Laoghaire
Co. 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 is my Right of Appeal?

If you are not satisfied with the response to your request or if the Council fail to respond within the assigned timeframe, you can request an internal review of the matter.   That review will be undertaken by an officer of the Council who was unconnected to the original decision.  You must make your appeal within one month of receiving the original decision letter and the Council must respond to your appeal within one month of receipt of same.

Please submit your appeal to:

Conor Peoples
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

Tel:  01 2047053

Fax:  01 2806969

Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

What is the membership of the Community Development, Culture and Ageing SPC?

Councillors (Total: 12)

Emma Blain

Deirdre Donnelly

Mary Fayne

Karen Furlong

Mary Hanafin
John Kennedy
Lynsey McGovern
Sorcha Nic Cormaic
Peter O'Brien (Chair)

Dave O'Keeffe

Patricia Stewart
Grace 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) 

 

What is the membership of the Economic Development and Enterprise SPC?

Councillors (Total: 14)

Emma Blain

Chris Curran

Kevin Daly
Liam Dockery
Kate Feeney
Melisa Halpin
Mary Hanafin

John Kennedy
Lettie McCarthy
Tom Murphy
Peter 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 Environment, Climate Change and Energy SPC?

Councillors (Total: 12)

Marie Baker
Jennifer Cuffe
Cormac Devlin
Mary Fayne
Hugh Lewis
Lynsey McGovern

Carron McKinney
Sorcha Nic Cormaic
Seamas O'Neill
Barry Saul
Carrie Smyth
Ossian Smyth (Chairperson)

 

Sectoral Representatives (Total: 6)

Agriculture/Farming Sector (1)

- Denis Mulvey (IFA)

Environment/Conservation Sector (1)
- Diarmuid McAree (PPN)

Development/Construction Sector (1)
- Peter Clancy (Chambers Ireland)

Business/Commercial Sector (1)
- Errol Close (Chambers Ireland)

Community/Voluntary Sector (1)
- Elizabeth Clooney (PPN)

Social Inclusion Sector (1)
- Marese Hegarty (PPN)

What is the membership of the Planning SPC?

Councillors (Total: 14)

Marie Baker

Shay Brennan

Anne Colgan

Jennifer Cuffe
Kevin Daly

Karen Furlong

Jim Gildea
Carron McKinney
Michael Merrigan (Chair)
Brian Murphy
Tom Murphy

Dave O'Keeffe
Patricia Stewart
Grace 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 Feeney
Jim Gildea
Melisa Halpin
Pat Hand
Deirdre Kingston
Michael Merrigan
Brian Murphy
Denis 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 Dockery
Deirdre Donnelly
Pat Hand
Deirdre Kingston
Hugh Lewis
Lettie McCarthy
Shane O'Brien
Seamas O'Neill
Barry Saul

Dónal Smith
Ossian Smyth
Barry 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 type of information can I request access to?

You can request access to personal information held by Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council about you regardless of when the information was created.

You can also gain access to other non-personal records created after 21st October 1998.   

Some records are not immediately available under the FOI Act.   Access may be restricted by certain exemptions or involve specific procedures and time limits.

Do I need to pay a fee when making a request under the FOI Act?

Whilst there is no fee for the initial FOI request, the Council may apply search, retrieval and copying fees, subject to thresholds set out in the Act.  Please see the attached document entitled 'Freedom of Information Fees' for more info.

 

Other Charges

In line with Section 27 of the Act, charges may be applied for the time spent finding records and for any photocopying costs incurred in providing the material requested.   Fees will not be charged in respect of personal records, except where a large number of records are involved.   Fees for search, retrieval and copying of records are set in accordance with Statutory Instruments No 484 of 2014 as follows:

 

€ 20 per hour of search retrieval
€ 0.04 per sheet for a photocopy
€ 10 for a CD Rom

Fees and charges paid by money order or cheque should be made payable to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

 

Reductions and Waivers

A fee in respect of search, retrieval and copying of records will be waived where the cost does not exceed €100.

Does my request have to be in writing?

Requests must be made in writing and delivered by hand, post, email or fax.  All requests should be addressed to:

Mr. Conor Peoples
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

DDI:  01 2047053
Fax:   01 2806969

Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

 

You must state that you are requesting the information under the Freedom of Information Acts.

 

Requests should contain sufficient information to enable us identify the records in question.  They should also specify the format in which access to records is sought, for example photocopy of records, viewing of file, email etc.

If you choose to use our FOI Application Form please find it attached under the Related Documents heading above

How do I access my personal data?

Under Section 3 of the Data Protection Acts, you have a right to find out, free of charge, if the Council holds information about you.  You also have the right to be given a description of the information and to be told the purpose(s) for holding your information.   The Council must respond to your request under Section 3 within 21 days.

 

Under Section 4 of the Data Protection Acts, you have a right to get a copy of your personal information.  This applies to all types of information e.g. written information, CCTV etc.  You are entitled to know where the information was obtained, how it has been used and if it has been passed on to anyone else.

 

All requests for personal details must be made in writing, either by post, email or fax.  You may be asked for evidence of your identity.  This is to make sure that personal information is not given to the wrong person.  Please address your request to:

 

Mr. Tom Mahon

Data Protection Officer

Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

DDI:  01 2054787
Fax:  01 2806969
Email:  tmahon@dlrcoco.ie

Office email:  foi@dlrcoco.ie

 

In your request, you should give any details that will help the County Council to identify you and find your data e.g. any previous address and/or date of birth.  Also, be clear about which details you are looking for if you are only looking for certain information. 

 

You should receive these details within 40 days of your request.

Is there a right of appeal to the Data Protection Commissioner?

The Data Protection Commissioner

If you feel the Council is not respecting your data protection rights, you should contact us.   If you are then not satisfied with our response, you may contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner – details as follows:

 

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
Canal House
Station Road
Portarlington
Co. Laois

 

LoCall:  1890 252 231            Tel:  057 868 4800        Fax:  057 868 4757

Email:  info@dataprotection.ie

Website:  https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Home/4.htm

Is there a right of appeal open to me?

If you feel the Council is not respecting your data protection rights, you should contact the organisation's Data Protection Officer, Mr. Tom Mahon.  If you are then not satisfied with our response, you may contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner – details as follows:

 

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
Canal House
Station Road
Portarlington
Co Laois

LoCall:  1890 252 231            Tel:  057 868 4800        Fax:  057 868 4757

Email:  info@dataprotection.ie

Website:  https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Home/4.htm

Who are the Designated Public Officials in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council?

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Finance

I am liable for some years?

If you are liable there may be a penalty for late payment..

I paid NPPR but cannot remember details?

In order for us to assist locating a payment it is best to supply your PPS number and or the NPPR registration number which may have been emailed to you when you paid. 

Commercial Rates

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/

What are Local Authority Rates?

Rates are a property-based tax levied by Local Authorities on the occupiers of commercial/industrial properties in their administrative area.
 

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 does “Rate is made” mean?

Each year, following the Annual Budget meeting,  the Rate books for the County are prepared and are available for inspection by the public for 14 days.  After the 14 days the rate is made by the Chief Executive and the seal of the Council is fixed to the Rate books.  This would generally happen late January/early February each year.  The date the Rate is made is advertised in the media each year.
 

What is the money raised through Rates used for?

The income generated by rates is used to fund a wide range of services provided by the County Council throughout the County.

What is Rateable Valuation?

All properties are given a rateable valuation by the Commissioner of Valuation in the Valuation Office.  The Commissioner of Valuation is independent of Local Authorities.
 

What is Annual Rate of Valuation?

Following the consideration of the Annual Budget each year, the elected members of the County Council (Councillors) determine the Annual rate of valuation  to be levied for the following year.
 

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.

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

 

How do I pay my Rates?

You can pay your rates by the following methods:

By Direct Debit
You can pay your rates in monthly instalments over the course of one year by completing our Direct Debit Mandate Form

By Bank Giro Credit Transfer/EFT

A Bank Giro is attached to your Rate Demand.

Credit/Debit Card

Telephone 01 2054821 or 01 2054339 (maximum amount €5,000)

In person
At 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.

If a tenant moves into a premises and there are rates due on it, can the tenant be held liable?

It is up to the new occupier to ensure that all rates, including the current year’s rates and all other liabilities are paid before the closing of a sale or the assignment of a lease of any rateable property.

 

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 to Owners 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.

What can I do if I am unhappy with my rateable valuation?

If you are not happy with the rateable valuation on your property, you may apply in writing to the Commissioner of Valuation to have the valuation of the property revised. However, you may only apply for a revision of valuation where there is a physical material change to the property, for example, increase/decrease in floor area. The application must be accompanied by a fee.  The current fee for listing a property is €250.00.

The Rating Authority may also request a revision of the valuation of a property.  The Commissioner of Valuation may also initiate revisions of valuation, see http://www.valoff.ie/en/

What happens if I request a revision of rateable valuation?

A Valuer (called a Revision officer) from the Valuation Office will call to assess your property.  Where possible the Revision Officer will make contact prior to the inspection to arrange an appointment.  Once the property is inspected, the Revision Officer will send you a draft certificate containing the proposed valuation and other details of your property.

If you are unhappy with the valuation or other details on this draft certificate you may make representations to the Revision Officer within 28 day of the issuing of the draft certificate, see http://www.valoff.ie/en/
 

What are the contact details of the Valuation Office?

Valuation Office Ireland
Irish Life Centre
Abbey Street Lower
Dublin 1

Phone General Queries: (01) 817 1000
FAX:            (01) 817 1180
e-mail:           info@valoff.ie
Website:       http://www.valoff.ie/en/

 

What if I am still unhappy with my revised valuation?

If you are unhappy with the Valuation as revised by the Revision officer, there is a further right of appeal to the Valuation Tribunal.  The Valuation Tribunal is an independent body set up to settle disputed valuations.

You must apply in writing the Valuation Tribunal within 28 days of receiving your notification of decision from the Revision Officer.  It must be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

The contact details for the Valuation Tribunal are:

Floor one
Ormond House
Ormond Quay Upper
Dublin 7

Phone:         (01) 872 8177
Fax:             (01) 872 8060
E-mail:         info@valuation-trib.ie

The decision of the Valuation Tribunal is final, subject to an appeal to the High Court on a point of law.
 

What is the Entry Year Property Levy and am I liable?

The Entry Year Property Levy is a charge which the Local Authority applies to all newly erected or newly constructed properties pending the levying of commercial rates. It has been introduced for the first time in 2007 under the Local Government (Business Improvement istricts) Act 2006, which was enacted on the 24th December 2006.
 

Are there financial supports available to ratepayers in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council?

The Council are operating two business support schemes for eligible ratepayers.

The Business Support Scheme 2017 - 4% of Rates Bill for Eligible Ratepayers provides for the payment of a grant to eligible businesses equivalent to 4% of their 2016 rates bill subject to a maximum of €400.This grant will benefit businesses located in the County whose rates account was assessed at €10,000 or less for 2016. It will not be necessary for eligible businesses to apply for the support scheme payment.  

The 2017 budget also makes provision for the Rates Vacant Property Assistance Scheme 2017 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.

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/ 

 

 

What happens if I do not pay my Rates?

If Rates are not paid, legal proceedings will be initiated for the collection of the debt.

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                                                                                                                                       

Electoral Services

I cannot find my name through the search facility on your website...

In order to comply with Data Protection regulations, our system is set up to only confirm exact details that are inputted on the query page.  

 

Have you highlighted the correct townland from the drop down list?

Have you tried to search for your details by entering your Eircode?

Have you entered your full Christian name and surname e.g., Anthony McVeigh could be entered as Tony McVeigh?

The entries on the register are what is put on your form, some electors have a given name but go by another name e.g., Margaret but is known as Peggy.

You could have put Patrick on your form and are searching under Paddy or Pat.

Surnames beginning with O’Reilly, McMahon/Mac or Irish names could have spaces or fada’s e.g., Ó Bradaigh or Uί Bhroin.

Hyphenated names could have a space or a hyphen.

 

If you applied to be included on the Register after 25th November you will not see yourself on the Live Register on line which is published on 1st February each year.  

 

If you applied to be included on the Register after it is published on 1st February you will not see yourself on line.   You will be included on the Draft Register which you can view on line from 1st November.

 

If you are included on a supplement to the Register you will not see yourself on line until after the closing date for inclusion.

Why was my name taken off the Register?

During the summer months an RFA form is delivered to householders for completion and returned to us so the register can be updated.   If you are not included on this form your name will be removed from the Register as only persons listed as ordinarily residing at this address are included on the Register.

I will be 18 years of age after the Register comes into force on 15th February but will be 18 years of age before Polling Day, can I be included on the Register?

You can apply to be included on a Supplement to the Register by completing a Supplement Application Form (RFA2), having the form witnessed  at a Garda Station and returned to us before the closing date to be included on the supplement.

How can I check the Draft Register?
  •  on our website at this link
  • By calling the Register Section on 01 2054880
  •  In person at the Council Offices in Dun Laoghaire and Dundrum
  •  In Person at your local library, Post Office or Garda Station
Is there anything I can do if it is Polling Day and I have not received my Polling Card?

Firstly you should contact our office at 01 205 4880 and clarify that you are registered at your correct address and have the correct status/nationality.  Once these two details have been confirmed as correct, you can then be given directions to the correct Polling Station in order for you to use your vote.

I have a disability - what special arrangements have been put in place for me?

The website of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government contains information for voters with disabilities 

http://www.environ.ie/sites/default/files/migrated-files/en/Publications/LocalGovernment/Voting/FileDownLoad%2C1896%2Cen.pdf

Where can I find my Local Polling Station?

The location of Polling Stations are reviewed in the run-up to any election/referendum. 

Find your Polling Station location

I sent in a 'Change of Address form' (RFA3) yet I am still listed at my previous address?

Once the Register comes into force on 15th February each year it cannot be amended.   Your details will be changed in the background and if an election/referendum is called during the life of the Register you will not receive a polling card for your previous address.

I have changed address after the Register came into force on 15th February, can I be included on the Register at my new address if an Election/Referendum is called?

You can apply to be included on a Supplement to the Register by completing a Supplement Application Form (RFA3), having the form witnessed  at a Garda Station and returned to us before the closing date to be included on the supplement.

I am on the Register and have now become an Irish Citizen after the Register came into force on 15th February, can my citizenship be changed on the Register if an Election/Referendum is called?

You can complete an application form (RFA5) for inclusion in the Supplement to the Register of Electors, having the form witnessed at a Garda Station and must attach evidence of your Irish citizenship, for example, a copy of your Certificate of Naturalisation or the relevant page in your Irish Passport.

I applied to be included on the Supplement but cannot see myself on line?

The Supplement is only put up on line after the closing date for inclusion.

An Election/Referendum is called and I am not registered, can I vote?

No.   You must be on the Register to be able to vote.

What does Election type mean?

Presidential :  Resident Irish citizens can vote in Referendum or

                        Presidential Election, Dáil Elections, European   

                        Elections and Local Elections.

Dáil:                Resident British citizens (D) can vote in Dáil

                        Elections, European Elections and Local Elections.

European:      Resident EU citizens (E) can vote in European

                        Elections and Local Elections.

Local:             Resident Non-EU citizens (L) can vote in Local

                        Elections.

*as indicated on the register.

Council Business

What is the Representational Payment for a Councillor

The  Representational Payment is currently:-   €16,565.00

How often do SPC meetings take place?

Each SPC meets on a quarterly basis (i.e. March, June, September & December).

What are the rules governing the payment of the 'Annual Expense Allowance'

Payment of the Travel & Subsistence  is made subject to Councillors attendance rate quota of 80% of all meetings which the Councillors is due to attend.

Payment of the Annual Allowance is made subject to Councillors attendance ratequota of 50% of all meetings which the Councillor is due attend.

What is the Allowance Payable to the Cathaoirleach and Leas-Chathaoirleach of Local Authorities under S143?

Section 143  Local Government Act 2001  [As Amended] 

€30K  for the Cathaoirleach Allowance

€6K for the Leas-Chathaoirleach Allowance

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.

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