COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Access to Limerick City and County Council public offices will be by appointment only with effect from 5pm Wednesday 21 October 2020 due to the Covid Level 5 restrictions.

Essential services will be maintained during this period.

Those wishing to contact the local authority are encouraged to contact the Council by Phone: 061 556000, Emailcustomerservices@limerick.ie or Online: My Limerick on Limerick.ie, rather than in person.

     

    Government and Health Updates

    • The Government of Ireland’s website and Health Service Executive (HSE) website is providing the most up-to-date information to citizens and businesses.

    • From midnight on Wednesday 21st October 2020, all counties in Ireland will be categorised as risk Level 5 of the Plan for Living with Covid-19. At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, with certain exceptions. Please click here for full details of measures in place at Level 5.

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    Health & Wellbeing

    Advice about health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic is available on Healthy Limerick, click here.

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    Impact on Service Provision

    From midnight 21st October, due to restrictions under the Government's Plan for Living with Covid-19, a number of services have to be curtailed:

    • Motor Tax public counters will be closed. Motor Tax services can be accessed online or applications posted to our offices will be processed.
    • Limerick City and County Library branches will temporarily close.
    • Limerick Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art will close from Wednesday 21st October for the duration of Covid Level 5 restrictions.
    • Housing Maintenance - Essential maintenance only, please see here for more details.
    • Gortadroma Civic Amenity site open to the public on Wednesdays only. (regular hours of 9am to 3pm, closed for lunch 1pm - 1.30pm)
    • Dog Shelter operating on appointment only basis.
    • Strict social distancing precautions are in place for burials in Council-owned cemeteries around open plots and access during burial remains restricted. 

    All of these measures are in place to protect staff and customers and to help minimise the spread of Covid-19.

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    Community Helpline

    dedicated community support helpline is in operation from 8am - 8pm, seven days a week for vulnerable people seeking assistance with daily needs. These will include shopping, prescriptions, supplies, information or other suitable requests.

    The ‘Limerick Covid-19 Community Response’ helpline is 1800 832 005 or email covidsupport@limerick.ie

    Those wishing to volunteer to assist with the ‘Limerick Covid-19 Community Response’ are asked to email volunteer@limerick.ie or fill in this volunteer form.

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    Business Supports

    • Limerick City and County Council recognises the financial pressures being experienced by certain sectors and encourages any ratepayers experiencing difficulties in paying their commercial rates to get in contact.
       
    • Covid-19 - Six-Month Waiver of Commercial Rates FAQs - click here
    • A variety of supports have been made available to help firms.
    • The Business Restart Grant Plus gives direct grant aid to micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following the Covid-19 closures. Apply for the Business Restart Grant Plus here.

    • The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Limerick is there to support local businesses and help ensure they are in the strongest position possible in the face of this unprecedented and continuously evolving crisis.

      The expert staff at LEO Limerick are there to advise and support any small business experiencing difficulties at this time. Business Advisors will offer a discreet one-to-one discussion by phone or other means to suit the business owner.

      Among the supports which can be accessed through LEO Limerick are cash flow supports and supports from Enterprise Ireland... learn more.

    • COVID-19 Adaptation Fund - Fáilte Ireland are offering grant funding to make either the structural adaptations required for fixed, visitor-facing premises, or to cover the cost of Covid-19 related consumables (such as sanitiser or PPE) for those businesses which provide a visitor experience but do not have significant visitor-facing premises. 

      Businesses such as pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels are eligible to apply and grants up to €2,500 are available. The closing date for applications is 31st October 2020.

      Please Note: Covid-19 Adaptation Fund is administered by Fáilte Ireland, and not the local authority.

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    AnchorGuiding Limerick Through Covid-19 - Plan for Reopening Limerick

    The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the way we live our lives. As we move through the roadmap for re-opening society and business, Limerick City and County Council wants to explore how we can harness this crisis to bring about positive change in Limerick.

    Our 'Guiding Limerick Through Covid-19' proposes to re-allocate space, pedestrianise and animate certain city centre streets in order to boost footfall and aid our economic recovery. Click here for more.

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    Travel and Public Transport

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    Planning

    From Thursday 22nd October, the office of the Planning Department in Dooradoyle is accessible to members of the public by appointment only.

    Applications are still being accepted by Limerick City and County Council by post or hand delivered to our office in Dooradoyle. Please use the post box where possible.

    Larger applications will be accepted by calling the Planning Department to arrange a suitable time.

    As per normal Planning applications are available to view online here.

    Pre-planning meetings continue to be facilitated by email and or by phone.

    Please telephone the Planning Department on 061 556556 or email planning@limerick.ie to make an appointment, or in relation to any other queries. 

    Planning & Development Act 2000 (as Amended) - Emergency Measures in the Public Interest

    The period from 29th March to 23rd May (both dates inclusive), referred to as the ‘emergency period’, is excluded for the purposes of calculating time limits as regards the processing of a planning application under the 2000 Planning Act and their Regulations. The submission deadline and decision due dates for files received after 21st Feb are available here. Please be further advised that this period may be further extended by Ministerial Order.

    The period from 29th March to 23rd May (both dates inclusive), referred to as the ‘emergency period’, is excluded for the purposes of calculating time limits as regards the processing of a planning application under the 2000 Planning Act and their Regulations. The appeal dates for files received after 21st Feb are available here. Please be further advised that this period may be further extended by Ministerial Order.

    Please Note:  While every care has been taken to display accurate information, the local authority will not be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any inaccuracy or error within. Should you need to rely on information provided in these pages please obtain separate confirmation from the staff at the Planning Public Office.

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    Attractions and Events

    • All cultural institutions and many local visitor attractions will be closes from midnight 21st October.
    • We recommend you to check with relevant organisers and/or venues for latest updates.

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