Rates are payable only on commercial properties. Rateable Valuations are set by the Commissioner of Valuations. The Rateable Valuation is used to determine the level of commercial rates payable by each ratepayer.
Properties liable as commercial are identified through Planning Permission issues, Commencement Notices and Revenue Staff Officers who are working in the field.
Rates are calculated by multiplying the Rateable Valuation of a property by the Annual Rate on Valuation as adopted by the County Council at the relevant Budget meeting.
Rates are payable in two moieties, the 1st on issue of Demand, and the 2nd on the 1st of July.
The Rated Occupier is liable for payment of Rates, but where the property is vacant, the owner becomes liable.
Revenue Staff Officers have responsibility for collection of Rates. Where the Collector is unable to obtain payment in the normal way, legal proceedings may be taken to recover the outstanding amount with costs. Following this an Instalment Order may be sought, or a Judgement Mortgage obtained and registered against the property. The Revenue Staff Officer can also seize goods to cover the value of outstanding rates due. This may affect the subsequent sale of the property.
Contact details for the Valuation Office:
Valuation Office Ireland Irish Life Centre Abbey Street Lower Dublin 1
Phone General Queries: (01) 817 1000
LoCall 1800 304 444
Payment of Rates:
Rates are payable in 2 moieties/halves each year. The first moiety is payable immediately upon issue of the Rate Demand which is usually in March each year and the second moiety is due on the 1st July. Offaly County Council is happy to offer our Ratepayers the following payment methods:
PLEASE QUOTE YOUR RATE ACCOUNT NUMBER ON ALL CORRESPONDENCE
Online Payment - payments can be made online using your CUSTOMER NUMBER & PIN NUMBER. You can find your PIN NUMBER on your rates bill or alternatively contact 057 93 57408 for PIN NUMBER. Please Click here to pay for rates online.
Cash/Cheques/Postal Orders/Credit or Debit Card- Pay at the following Council's Cash Offices;
Offaly County Council
Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore R35F893
9.30am to 4pm - Monday to Friday (open during lunchtime) Tel. 057 93 46867
Birr Municipal District
Civic Offices, Wilmer Road, Birr R42AD82 Tel. 057 91 24900
9:30 am to 4pm – Monday to Thursday
9:30am to 1pm - Friday (closed Friday afternoon)
Edenderry Municipal District
Town Hall, Edenderry R45K766 Tel. 046 97 31256
9:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.00pm – Monday to Thursday (closed 1pm to 2pm for lunch)
9:30am to 1pm – Friday (closed Friday afternoon)
Tullamore Municipal District
Town Hall, Cormac Street, Tullamore R35WV59 Tel. 057 93 52470
9:30am to 4pm – Monday (closed Monday only from 1pm to 2pm for lunch)
9:30am to 4pm – Tuesday to Friday (open during lunchtime)
Standing Order - Offaly County Council accepts payment of Rates by Standing Order (this form can be downloaded or can be obtained from the Rates Department on 057 93 57408).
By Phone Call - Payments may also be made over the phone by giving your credit card/laser card details to our Cash Office at 057 93 46867
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) - Lodge directly to Offaly County Council's Bank Account. Please quote 'Rates' and account number with Offaly County Council in the narrative. Contact the Central Revenue Collection Department for more details 057 9357408.
By Post - Cheques/Postal orders/Money orders/Bank drafts - crossed and made payable to Offaly County Council. Post to: Central Revenue Collection Department, Offaly County Council, Aras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
If you wish to make arrangements to pay by instalments, this can be arranged through your Revenue Staff Officer. Offaly County Council is divided into areas for the purposes of Rate Collection and each area is assigned a Revenue Staff Officer - please see table above.
Contact details for each Revenue Staff Officer here