Arrangements Relating to Commercial Rates and Covid-19

Arrangements Relating to Commercial Rates and Covid-19

On Tuesday 24 March 2020 the following direction was issued by the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government relating to commercial rates and the impacts on businesses affected by COVID-19.

“The Government has agreed with the County and City Management Association that local authorities should defer rates payments due from businesses most immediately impacted by COVID-19, primarily in the retail, hospitality, leisure and childcare sectors, for at least a 3-month period.”

Westmeath County Council acknowledges and understands the severe impact that COVID-19 has had and is having on a wide range of businesses and are already working with Ratepayers affected by the unprecedented situation which has transpired in recent days.

In line with the Government direction,  rates payments due from any Ratepayer impacted by COVID-19 will be deferred for the period to the end of June 2020.

Any Ratepayer in a position to pay their rates should continue to do so.

Any Ratepayer experiencing cash flow difficulties should email or telephone 044 933 8959. Having the following information to hand (or their inclusion in an email) will help to deal with your communication:

• A customer (5-digit number) or property reference number
• Address of the property
• Your mobile or landline number