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How rate bills are calculated

Find out how your bill is worked out, the limit at which domestic rates are capped and how you can find this information online.

How is your domestic rate bill worked out?

Your domestic rate bill is calculated by multiplying your rateable capital valuation by the domestic rate for your council area. The domestic rate for your area is made up of the regional rate set by the Northern Ireland Executive and the district rate set by individual councils.

You can use the link below to get an explanation of the calculation and terms:

You can use the following link to the Land and Property Services (LPS) website to find your capital valuation by inputting your property address and / or postcode.

You can then use the following link to work out your rates bill by inputting your capital valuation and council area.

If you are entitled to help with your rates, such as Housing Benefit (for rates) or Lone Pensioner Allowance, this will be deducted from your gross bill, but any amounts outstanding from previous years will be added to your bill.

You can get more information on the district rate for your area from your local council:

What do these rating terms mean?

Rateable Capital Value - this is the capital value of your property, based on property values on 1 January 2005.

Domestic Regional Rate - this is the number of pence in each pound of the value of your property that you will pay to the Northern Ireland Executive for regional services.

Domestic District Rate - this is the number of pence in each pound of the value of your property that you will pay in rates to your District Council for local services.

Rates Payable - this is the amount you have to pay, after exemptions, allowances and reliefs have been applied.

Reliefs - there is a range of reliefs available for domestic ratepayers. You can get more information by using the following link:

Capping - there is a maximum capital valuation of £400,000. For any house valued at more than this, the additional value is disregarded when calculating the rates.

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