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Councils set district rates

All local councils in Northern Ireland have struck their district rates for the 2014/2015 financial year. This year the district rates show variations of between -1.5 per cent and 2.76 per cent, when compared with 2013/2014.

Costs of local services

Your domestic rates bill is calculated by adding together the district rate and the regional rate figures and multiplying the combined figure by the rateable valuation of your property (each property has its own rateable valuation).

The total of that calculation is the amount of rates that you pay annually, before any rates rebate that you as an individual are entitled to is applied.

You can find out more about rates at the page below:

List of district rates

Each council sets its own district rate to meet the costs of local services, including leisure and recreational services, economic development, and environmental services.

You can find the full list of district rates increases for local councils in the table below:

District council Non-domestic rates increase Domestic rates increase
Antrim 0 per cent 0 per cent
Ards 0.91 per cent 0.90 per cent
Armagh 1.89 per cent 1.89 per cent
Ballymena 1.49 per cent 1.49 per cent
Ballymoney -0.25 per cent -0.26 per cent
Banbridge 1.70 per cent 1.70 per cent
Belfast 0 per cent 0 per cent
Carrickfergus 1.33 per cent 1.34 per cent
Castlereagh -1.04 per cent -1.00 per cent
Coleraine 0 per cent 0 per cent
Cookstown 0.90 per cent 0.91 per cent
Craigavon 0 per cent 0 per cent
Derry 2.58 per cent 2.59 per cent
Down 0 per cent 0 per cent
Dungannon and South Tyrone 0 per cent 0 per cent
Fermanagh 0 per cent 0 per cent
Larne 2.75 per cent 2.76 per cent
Limavady 0 per cent 0 per cent
Lisburn 0.98 per cent 0.98 per cent
Magherafelt 0 per cent 0 per cent
Moyle 0 per cent 0 per cent
Newry and Mourne 0 per cent 0 per cent
Newtownabbey 0 per cent 0 per cent
North Down 1.47 per cent 1.49 per cent
Omagh -1.50 per cent -1.50 per cent
Strabane 2.50 per cent 2.50 per cent

You can find out more about the district rates at the following link:

The Northern Ireland Executive is responsible for deciding on the level of the regional rate. This accounts for just over half a typical rates bill and, subject to Assembly approval, this will increase by the level of inflation. This applies to both domestic and non-domestic ratepayers.

Regional rates help pay for central services such as health, education, roads and transport.

This is the last year that Northern Ireland’s 26 councils will strike the rates. In three months, 11 new district councils will be elected under the local government reform programme. They will initially operate in shadow form until taking over from the current councils on 1 April 2015. One of their responsibilities during this shadow period will be to strike next year’s rates.

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