Guide

Business rates: the basics

Rates for licensed premises

When calculating business rates for licensed premises Land & Property Services (LPS) assess the Net Annual Value (NAV) by calculating the correct level of Fair Maintainable Trade (FMT). LPS do this by collecting information about rent, trading receipts and trading patterns. LPS analyse this information along with the type of premises, the area it is in and what services it offers.

As there is little evidence of rents for pubs LPS use FMT in the assessment to help assess a rateable value or NAV. This is industry standard and is the approach adopted across the UK.

LPS apply a percentage to the estimated FMT to assess the annual rent. It is based on factors such as, where the premises is located, the sort of premises they are (bar, hotel, etc.) and the sort of trade carried on. LPS regularly consult with the trade associations to ensure its approach continues to reflect how the licensed industry operates.

The short video below explains the revaluing process, known as Reval2020, and how LPS calculate business rates for licensed premises.

LPS is revaluing all business properties in Northern Ireland and the new values will be used to calculate rate bills for businesses and organisations from April 2020. View the Reval2020 draft schedule of values.