Starting A Business

Your first point of contact when thinking of starting a business in Waterford should be the Waterford Local Enterprise Office. We are here to help you start a business, expand an existing business and help you reach new markets. We provide advice, information and support to you in starting up and growing your business.

We have offices in 35 The Mall, Waterford City and Civic Offices, Dungarvan or telephone us on 051-849905 or info@leo.waterfordcouncil.ie



Economic Incentive Scheme for Vacant Properties in Urban Areas 2021-2022

Waterford City & County Council is offering incentives over a three year period to attract new retail and other businesses within the core retail area of the City Centre, towns and village centre of Waterford in order to bring vibrancy and vitality to the city and town centres.

It is intended to ensure that any incoming retail or service use will respect and enhance the multifaceted character of the area and will allow and encourage a diversity of uses to increase its overall attractiveness for shopping, leisure and business purposes.

There will be a strong presumption in favour of grant-aid for higher order comparison retail outlets including fashion outlets – both multiple and independent stores, ‘lifestyle stores’, flagship stores, niche and specialist retailers such as home furnishings, beauty products, jewellery and bookshops.

Level of Support available under the Economic Incentive Scheme

For more details on the scheme, please read the scheme guidelines or contact one of the Economic Development Team. To apply for the scheme, register here.

Waterford City Centre
Martin Reidy - mreidy@waterfordcouncil.ie, 051 849 661

Dungarvan town centre
Bernadette Drohan - bdrohan@waterfordcouncil.ie, 087 2586597

All other areas in Waterford
Lisa Grant - lgrant@waterfordcouncil.ie, 087 2124242

Code of Conduct between Landlords and Tenants for Commercial Rents

On 01 October 2020, the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation published its Code of Conduct between Landlords and Tenants for Commercial Rents. This voluntary code, which is to apply until 31 July 2021 seeks to give guidance to landlords and tenants where commercial tenancies have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The Code does not apply to all tenancies and specifically states that where tenants are in a position to pay rent in full, they should continue to do so.