Commercial Rates Vacancy Application

Rates Vacancy Applications may be submitted by the owner of a property unable to obtain a suitable tenant at a reasonable rent or if the property is vacant for the purpose of undergoing additions alterations or repairs.

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


Commercial 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



Who is my Rate Collector?

There are three Rate Collectors for the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County area. The Rate Collectors are responsible for the collection of  rates in their area.


Blackrock/Dún Laoghaire/Stillorgan
Conor McGowan is the 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 Monkstown towards Royal Marine Road and Stillorgan/Clonskeagh. He can be contacted at (01) 205 4798 or via e-mail at


Dún Laoghaire/Shankill
Stephen Moody is the Rate Collector for the area from the centre of Dún Laoghaire to the County boundary with Bray.  His areas include part of Dún Laoghaire from Royal Marine Road towards Glasthule, Glasthule, Dalkey, Shankill, Cherrywood, Foxrock.  He can be contacted at (01) 2054895 or via e-mail at


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 via e-mail on

Frequently Accessed

Refunds for vacant Rated properties are legislated for under the Local Government Act 1946, Section 14(1) which states:

“Where a hereditament which is situated in a county but not in an urban area and which is not a small dwelling within the meaning of the Local Government (Rates on Small Dwellings) Act, 1928 (No. 4 of 1928) is unoccupied at the making of the county rate, such rate shall be made upon the person (in this section referred to as the owner) who is for the time being entitled to occupy the hereditament and, upon such rate being paid by the owner, he shall be entitled to claim and receive from the Council of the County a refund of 1/12th of such rate in respect of every completed month (reckoned from any day of one month to the corresponding day of the next month) during which the hereditament is unoccupied either for the purpose of the execution of additions, alterations or repairs thereto or because the owner is bona fide unable to obtain a suitable tenant therefore, in the case of a hereditament to which the Rent Restrictions Act, 1946 (No. 4 of 1946) for the time being applies at the maximum rent for the time being permitted under that Act or in the case of any other hereditament at a reasonable rent”.

This legislation applies to all Local Authorities.

There is no other leglislation that allows the Council to give a refund.

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. 

Please note that for 2015 and 2016, the vacancy refund available is limited to 75% of the rates.

For 2017, 2018 and 2019 the vacancy refund available is a maximum of 50% of the rates assessed for that year. 

For 2020 to 2023, the vacancy refund available is a maximum of 35% of the rates assessed for that year.

Vacancy Application Form
Vacancy Application Form
Vacancy Application Form
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2021 Vacancy Refund - Terms & Conditions
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