COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Limerick City and County Council is continuing to provide essential services to the people of Limerick. Our public offices are open with limited hours, 10am - 3pm, Monday to Friday. Strict limits will be put on the number of people entering and customers will be asked to sanitise their hands and follow direction from staff.

This is to help in the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

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    A message from Limerick City and County Council’s Chief Executive Dr Pat Daly

     


    Guiding 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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    Impact on Service Provision

    The majority of services provided by Limerick City and County Council have now returned to normal (pre Covid-19) levels. 

    A number of services however, have to remain curtailed due to social distancing and other guidance from the government and health experts. 

    • Customer Services and Motor Tax are open to the public 10am - 3pm, Monday to Friday. We encourage customers to contact the Council by telephone: 061 556000, email: customerservices@limerick.ie or online: My Limerick on Limerick.ie, rather than in person. You can pay your Motor Tax online, click here.
    • 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 Pound operating on appointment only basis.
    • Libraries are open to members at the following locations: Dooradoyle, Watch House Cross, Kilmallock, Newcastle West and Adare. Opening Hours are 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4 pm, Tuesday to Friday. Click here for more. 
    • 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 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday, 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.
    • A variety of supports have been made available to help firms.
    • The Business Restart Grant 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. The Grant is available to businesses with a turnover of less than €5m and employing 50 people or fewer, which were closed or impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover out to 30 June 2020.

      The grant is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers.

      They will be equivalent to the rates bill of the business in 2019, with a minimum payment of €2,000 and a maximum payment of €10,000. Apply for the Business Restart Grant here.

    • A Trading Online Voucher (TOV) scheme is now available to eligible SMEs with up to 10 employees, offering small businesses and retailers the opportunity to apply for a website development grant to the value of €2,500, with co-funding of 10% from the business. A business can apply for a second voucher where upgrades are required. Funding can be used to help build a new website or towards adding payment facilities or booking systems to their website or to develop new apps for their customers. Funding can be used for subscriptions to low cost online retail platform solutions to help businesses establish a retailing presence online.It is managed by the Limerick Local Enterprise Office.

    • 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.

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    Government and Health Updates

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    Travel and Public Transport

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    Planning

    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. The planning counter is open from 10am-3pm. Strict limits will be put on the number of people entering and customers will be asked to sanitise their hands and follow direction from staff.

    As per normal, planning applications are available online, while pre-planning meetings will continue to be facilitated via electronic means and/or phone calls.

    Please telephone 061 556556 or email planning@limerick.ie in relation to any 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

    • Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people are permitted when conducted in line with public health advice.
    • All cultural institutions and many local visitor attractions will be reopening during Phase 3. 
    • We recommend you to check with relevant organisers and/or venues for latest updates.

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    Group Water Schemes

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