Rates Collection

Transfer of Property

The Local Government Reform Act 2014, provides for a wide range of reforms to local authority functions, structures and funding, and includes a number of changes in respect of commercial rates.

New duty on owners/ratepayers in relation to a transfer of property:

Section 32 of the Act places –

  • An obligation on property owners, or their agents, to notify the Local Authority where an interest  in a rateable property is transferred and the person liable for rates changes.
  • The person transferring the property, either the owner or occupier, must discharge all rates for which he/she is liable at the date of transfer.

Failure to notify Laois County Council of a change in interest within 14 days of the transfer date, may result in a penalty for non-compliance in that, the owner becomes liable for an amount which is equivalent to the level of outstanding liabilities (up to a maximum of 2 years liability).

This obligation comes into effect on 1st July, 2014

Download the Transfer Details Form

Contact us in the  Rates Department with any queries in relation to this.

The full text of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 can be accessed at www.oireachtas.ie



Rates are payable on commercial properties.


Rateable Valuations

Rateable Valuations are fixed and/or altered by the Commissioner of Valuations.

How rates are calculated

Rates are calculated by multiplying the Rateable Valuation of the property by the annual rate on valuation as adopted by the County Council at its budget meeting.

Annual Rate on Valuation  – €64.63

This is the same as the Annual Rate on Valuation charged in 2008 and 2009 i.e. there has been no change in the rate since 2008.


How rates are charged

Rates are payable in two moieties, the first on issue of demand and the second on the 1st of July.


Who pays rates

The occupier is liable for the payment of rates but the owner becomes liable when the property becomes vacant.

How to pay your rates

  1. ‌At the Cash Office, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co. Laois from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. (open through lunch-time)
  2. By Post –  cheque/postal order/money order.
  3. Over the Phone, by giving your account number and credit card/laser card details to Cash Office on  (057) 86 74308.
  4. To the Revenue Collector for your area i.e:- Linda Meredith – Portarlington, Rathdowney, Borris-In-Ossory, Castletown. Teresa Corcoran – Mountmellick, Mountrath, Camross, Clonaslee, Rosenallis, Part of Portlaoise. Jim Blanchfield – Part of Portlaoise Town , Stradbally, Durrow, Abbeyleix, Ballinakill. Mary Teresa Delaney/Lorna Gleeson – Part of Portlaoise, Ballylinan, Graiguecullen, Ballickmoyler, Wolfhill, Killeshin.
  5. By Phone/Internet Banking. (Check with your relevant bank)
  6. By Standing Order. Download this form and forward to your bank- Rates Standing Order Form
  7. In all cases, you must indicate your Customer Number when making a payment.