Paying business rates

Pay business rates at a Post Office or PayPoint outlet

Guide

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.

You may find it more convenient to pay your business rate bill in a local Post Office or shop which offers the PayPoint service.

Find a Post Office or PayPoint outlet

As well as the network of Post Offices, there are over 450 PayPoint outlets in Northern Ireland, including garages, newsagents and convenience stores where you can pay your rate bill.

You can choose to pay by cheque, cash or debit card. However you should be aware that some PayPoint outlets may not accept payment by cheque. You can pay in full, in one single payment or you can pay in instalments. You must allow five working days for any payment to reach Land & Property Services (LPS).

You will need the Rates QuickPay card which is attached to your rate bill to make payment. You should bring your rate bill with you so you will know how much you need to pay. Remember to retain your receipt.

Transaction limits

Please be aware that PayPoint imposes a transaction limit of £300 per transaction and the Post Office imposes a transaction limit of £4,000 (for fraud purposes). If you wish to make a larger payment than the transaction limit, it can be processed in two payments. Alternatively if you are paying a large amount, you may wish to consider an alternative payment method such as direct debit, standing order, internet banking or payment online.

Download the LPS information on the rate bill explained for instalment customers (PDF, 604K).

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.