Four-month rates holiday for Northern Ireland non-domestic ratepayers (excluding public sector and utilities).
All Northern Ireland business ratepayers excluding public sector and utilities.
Rate bills for 2020-21 were due to be issued in April 2020. This means that no rates will be charged for April, May, June and July 2020.
The next business rate bill will not be issued until July 2020.
Ratepayers do not need to request to have their rate bill deferred until July 2020. This will happen automatically.
This reduces the 2020-21 annual rate bill for business ratepayers by 33 per cent. This amount does not need to be paid back.
When rate bills are issued in July 2020, ratepayers can still choose to pay their bill in monthly instalments between July 2020 and March 2021.
Current monthly Direct Debit payment plans will be automatically updated to collect payments between July 2020 and March 2021.