Rates assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19
The Finance Minister has announced a further £213 million of business rates support in addition to the emergency £100 million rates package to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19. Find out more about COVID-19: Emergency rates package for businesses.
It is not yet possible to estimate your rate bill for 2020-21. This is because the regional rate for 2020-21 has not been set by the Northern Ireland Executive.
The Finance Minister announced a reduction in the regional business rate of 12.5 per cent to benefit all businesses as part of the NI Budget package on 30 March 2020. The Rates Calulator for 2020-21 will be updated at the end of April 2020 after the regional business rate is ratified.
Rates in respect of non-domestic properties eg businesses and offices are based on the rental value of your property.
Net Annual Value (NAV)
To calculate your rate bill, firstly you need to know the NAV-based valuation of your non-domestic property to input into the rates calculator.
Land & Property Services (LPS) provide Northern Ireland businesses with a calculator to estimate your rate bill.
For an overview of non-domestic rates, see business rates: the basics.
If you have a query regarding your business rates you should contact Land & Property Services.
Please note: Most LPS services are available, but LPS Customer Information Centres remain closed until further notice. The Ordnance Survey helpline remains closed until further notice, however queries can be directed to Mapping.Helpdesk@finance-ni.gov.uk. Helplines for rating and valuation, housing benefit, rates relief and land registration are open.
Closures will be kept under regular review in line with further Government announcements. Further information on service updates, helpline numbers and reaching LPS by email are available on the LPS website.
LPS is currently revaluing all business properties in Northern Ireland. These new values will be used to calculate rate bills for businesses and organisations from April 2020.
The short video below explains the revaluing process, known as Reval2020, and how LPS calculate your business rates bill.