COVID 19 Waiver of Commercial Rates 2021

On the 27th January the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage issued details of the Commercial Rates Waiver to be applied for the first quarter of 2021. A subsequent announcement in March extended the waiver to cover Quarter 2, April – June.  The most recent Government announcement extends the waiver for a further three months which will cover Quarter 3 of 2021, July – September.

This 2021 Rates Waiver has modified criteria and accordingly is a separate standalone waiver scheme from the scheme that applied in 2020.

The 2021 Rates Waiver Quarter 3 will apply to all eligible businesses closed by or badly impacted by Level 5 restrictions.

Do I need to make an application for the Rates Waiver 2021?

An application to Kilkenny County Council is not required. Kilkenny County Council will automatically apply a Quarter 3 waiver as 25% of the value of the 2021 rates bill to eligible businesses and it will take the form of a credit in lieu of rates.
Please see list of eligible categories

Excluded categories
In recognition that there are a number of ratepayers for whom their businesses have not been affected by the pandemic, these ratepayers will not be eligible for the automatic waiver.
Please see list of excluded categories

What if I am in the excluded category but have been severely impacted by the pandemic?

Businesses listed in the excluded categories may seek eligibility from Kilkenny County Council if it can be shown the business was severely impacted by the pandemic.
The Council will request documentary evidence to support eligibility. In this circumstance, please apply to rateswaiver@kilkennycoco.iebefore 24th September, 2021.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions FAQ’s refer to the three month waiver however they also relate to the extended waiver for Quarter 3, 2021.

Should you have any queries in relation to the Rates Waiver 2021 please contact the Rates Team on 056-7794209 or e-mail


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