On 30 December 2020 the Government announced Level 5 restrictions including the closure of non-essential businesses from close of business on 31 December until 31 January 2021. Further restrictions were announced on 6 January 2021. To reflect these restrictions and to continue the supports available for ratepayers, and in recognition of the impact of the ongoing trajectory of COVID 19, a further waiver of commercial rates will apply to specified businesses in the first quarter of 2021. This 3-month waiver has modified criteria and accordingly is a separate, standalone waiver scheme to the previous 2020 scheme.
There is no application process required for this scheme. Wicklow County Council will automatically apply a 100% credit in lieu of commercial rates, for a 3-month period, to eligible classes and categories of occupied rateable property where the occupying business falls under the broad headings outlined below.
Leisure including sports clubs
Non essential retail (shops and warehouse
Essential retail (excluding large Supermarkets, great than 500M2)
The credit does not apply to the following excluded categories:
Vacant Properties (all vacant property as is ordinarily understood for rates is excluded from the waiver)
Global Utility Networks on the Central Valuation List
Properties in the “Office” Valuation Category
Properties in the “Industrial Uses” Valuation Category
Properties in the “Miscellaneous” Valuation Category
Properties in the “Minerals” Valuation Category
Properties in the “Utility” Valuation Category
Supermarkets greater than 500M2 (Categories Supermarket 2 and Supermarket 3)
Properties with the valuation category of “Department Store” but which are occupied either partially or wholly by a supermarket which sells food and/or groceries.
Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions
Premises contracted to provide services related to the COVID 19 pandemic to/on behalf of the State, where the State is already compensating for rates as part of the contract between the occupier or service provider and the State.
In recognition of the fact that there may be ratepayers in the excluded category above that have been severely impacted by the pandemic these ratepayers should engage directly with Wicklow County Council on this matter and Documentary Evidence will be requested to support their eligibility. In these circumstances, please apply to email@example.com. The closing date for making these applications is 2nd May 2021.
Please note that appeals and application of the waiver to public sector properties and vacant properties are not permitted under this scheme.