Guide

Business rates: the basics

Introduction

Rates are a property tax used to fund both local and regional services in Northern Ireland. They are collected by Land & Property Services on behalf of the Northern Ireland Executive and the district councils. There are two different rates, a domestic rate for residential properties and a business rate for non-domestic properties.

Business rates are a rate for all non-domestic properties capable of producing an income or commanding a rent, such as offices, factories and shops, with individual bills based on the rateable value of your property as at 1 April 2013. If you use a building or part of a building for business, you will probably have to pay business rates.

You have a legal and civic responsibility to pay your rate bill.

This guide explains who pays business rates, how business rates are calculated and what you should do if you occupy, leave or vacate a property. This guide also outlines what action you should take if you can't pay your rate bill and the consequences if you don't pay your rate bill.

If you have a query regarding your business rates you should contact Land & Property Services.