What are Commercial Rates?
Rates are a Commercial Charge levied by Local Authorities on the occupiers of commercial and industrial property. Local Authorities collect rates based on property valuations.
Rates for New Business Premises
Commercial Property's are listed by your local Authority. The listing will then go the Valuation Office (details below). A Valuation Officer will visit your premises to value the property. The valuation depends on factors such as the business location, square footage, and the nature of the business. If you have any queries in relation to your valuation, please contact:
The Valuation officer informs your Local Authority of the valuation of your property. Your Local Authority then calculates your rates using the current years Annual Rate in Valuation. The Annual Rate in Valuation is determined at the Budget Meeting each year. View the Rates:
You will be sent a rate demand, informing you of your commercial rates for the coming year. This amount is broken into two moiety's or instalments. The first instalment is due on receipt of the rate demand. The second instalment is due on the 1st July.
How to Pay
- Online Payment
- Direct Debit
You can pay by direct debit over a 8 month period from April - November. You simply complete the direct debit form supplied with your rate demand, and send to your Local Authority Office.
- Arrangement with Revenue Collector
We can arrange for a Revenue Collector to call on you.
- Cash Desk
You can pay at the cash desk at your Local Authority office.
You can send a cheque to your Local Authority office.
- Laser or Credit Card
Telephone your Local Authority office to pay by laser or credit card.
You can pay at any Post Office or PayPoint outlet.Closing a Business
If you close your business, your property is still liable for Rates.
Rates are payable on all valued commercial/industrial property. However where such a property becomes vacant, the owner can seek a refund from the Local Authority of the rates paid provided it can be shown that, 1) the property was available for letting or 2) the property was undergoing alteration, renovations or repairs (insert refund form).
Responsibility of Rates
The occupier of a premises is legally liable for payment of Rates on the premises. If the occupier fails to pay, the rates becomes the responsibility of the owner.
Non-Payment of Rates
Failure to pay your Rates by the specified period will result in legal proceedings being issued, followed by a Court Summons. The Council may register a judgment mortgage on the property, or in extreme cases apply for a jail committal order.
Meath Local Authorities had a 91% Rate collection in 2009 and the compliance of Ratepayers is appreciated.
Use of Rates Money
Your money will be spent on any of the various functions of the Council, such as Roads, Sanitary Services, Public Lighting, Environmental Controls etc.
Meath County Council