What to do if you think your rate bill is too high
Your rate bill is calculated by multiplying the capital valuation by the rate in the pound for your area. Find out how to appeal your rate bill if you think that it is not correct.
Check your capital valuation
You can find your capital valuation on your rate bill or you can use the attached link to check the capital valuation of individual domestic properties. You can also use this link to make an online submission to have your valuation reviewed if you feel that your rate bill is not correct:
How to use the online form
- input your property details on the first page and click on 'search'
- if you are happy that the details are correct click on 'submit query'
- enter your name and contact details and click on 'next'
- choose your reason for application from the dropdown menu and click on 'next'
- give details of the property purchase and click on 'next'
- check the details you have given are correct and click on 'submit'
You can also apply to LPS to have a valuation reviewed by completing and returning the valuation application form (CR3 form). This is a writeable document, which means that you can complete on screen, print and send to LPS. Alternatively, you can save the document to your desktop, complete the form and send as an attachment to your nearest LPS Valuation office:
You can also get a copy by contacting LPS as follows:
- phone 0300 200 7801 (charged at local rate)
- textphone: 1800 1101
You can also contact your local Land & Property Services (LPS) valuation office. Please use the following link to find your nearest office:
The District Valuer for your area will have your valuation checked again and let you know the outcome.
Appeal to the Commissioner of Valuation
If you are not happy with the District Valuer's decision, you can appeal to the Commissioner of Valuation. Please use the link below to download an appeal form.
If you remain dissatisfied with the Commissioner's decision, you can make a further appeal to the Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal (domestic properties or properties with a mixed domestic and non-domestic element, where the NAV of the non-domestic element does not exceed £12,500), or the Lands Tribunal for Northern Ireland. Please use the links below for further information.
It should be noted that you must still pay your rates while your are waiting for a decision and if your appeal is successful LPS will refund any amount overpaid, along with interest if applicable.
The general rise and fall of property prices will not affect the amount of rates that you pay. Your rates are calculated on the individual rateable value of your property. To ensure fairness, the levels of value remain fixed at a specific date, 1 January 2005 for domestic properties.