General information


What are Rates?

Rates are a property tax on Commercial Properties and the revenue raised goes towards meeting the cost of services provided by Laois County Council each year such as Fire Services, Public Lighting, Libraries, Public Parks.

Who pays Rates?

The person liable for payment of Commercial Rates is the person in occupation of the rateable property on The Date of Making the Rate.

In the event that another occupier takes occupation after the date the rate has been struck, Laois County Council can determine that the incoming occupier should pay a portion of the rate proportionate to their occupation.This issue or other charges owed to Laois County Council should be specifically addressed by you with your Solicitors during the preparation of leases or property transfers. See Transfer of interest in a Rateable Property

How are Rates assessed?

The Rate Charge is calculated by multiplying the “Rateable Valuation” by the “Annual Rate on Valuation”.

The “Rateable Valuation” of a property is determined by the Commissioner of Valuation.

The “Annual Rate on Valuation” is set annually by the Members of Laois County Council at their budget meetings.

For example:-

Rateable Valuation of Property as determined by the Valuation Office = €50.00
Laois County Council Rate on Valuation for 2018  = €66.57
Rates due for 2018 (€50.00 x €66.57) = €3,328.50

When are Rates Payable?

The Rate Demand is issued annually usually early February and is payable in two instalments, the first instalment (50%) plus any arrears outstanding (if any) is payable when the Rate Bill is issued. The second instalment is payable on the 1st July.

Can I spread my rate payment over the year?

Yes, by signing up to a Standing Order Mandate. Laois County Council will accept monthly payments as long as the Rate Charges are paid in full by the year end. A Standing Order mandate form will issue with your Rate Demand each year.

How can I pay my Rates Bill?

  1. Standing Order Mandate
  2. Directly to the Rate Collector for your area
  3. Electronic Funds Transfer
  4. Payment may be made directly in person to the Cash Office, County Hall or by post at:- The Cash Office, Laois County Council, County Hall, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. (Monday-Friday 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.)

Methods of Payment through the Cash Office

  • Cash (Please do not send cash by post)
  • Cheque
  • Postal Order.
  • Money Order.
  • Debit Card (Laser)
  • Credit Card.
  • By phone on (057) 8674308 giving debit/credit card details.
  • Bank Draft

In all cases, please quote your Commercial Rate Account Number.