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District Rate Subsidy

With the creation of 11 local councils on 1 April 2015, a District Rate Subsidy applies to ratepayers most affected by significant rises in their rates bills. It is a temporary subsidy lasting until 2019.

How your rate bill is calculated

Your rate bill is calculated by multiplying the capital value of your home by the domestic rate for your council area. The rate for your area is made up of the regional rate and the district rate.

How the District Rate Subsidy applies

The District Rate Subsidy applies to domestic and non-domestic ratepayers who have  a district rate level significantly higher from 1 April 2015 than it was under their previous council. 

You don’t apply for a District Rate Subsidy. If you are eligible, the discount is applied automatically to the district rate amount, from 2015 until 2019:

  • 80 per cent in 2015-2016
  • 60 per cent in 2016-2017
  • 40 per cent in 2017-2018
  • 20 per cent in 2018-2019

How the District Rate Subsidy appears on your rate bill

If you are eligible, the discount is shown on page two of your rate bill as a District Rate Subsidy, underneath the district rate.

The amount of District Rate Subsidy given is shown in the Exemptions/ Reliefs/ Allowances section.

Exclusions to the District Rate Subsidy

The District Rate Subsidy does not apply to:

  • public sector bodies
  • Housing Executive properties
  • domestic properties owned by housing associations

Qualifying for the rate subsidy

Domestic ratepayers in the council areas listed below are eligible for the subsidy during 2018/2019. The amounts are based on property values. If you're eligible for a subsidy, you'll see the amount on your rate bill.

Council on 31 March 2015 Council in 2018 Property value
£125,000
Property value
£150,000
Property value
£200,000
Property value
£400,000
Ards Ards and North Down Borough Council £3.00 £3.00 £4.00 £9.00
Ballymena Mid & East Antrim Council £1.00 £1.00 £2.00 £3.00
Banbridge Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council £3.00 £4.00 £5.00 £11.00
Castlereagh Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council £12.00 £15.00 £19.00 £39.00
Castlereagh Belfast City Council £22.00 £26.00 £35.00 £70.00
Coleraine Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council £9.00 £11.00 £14.00 £28.00
Craigavon Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council £1.00 £2.00 £2.00 £4.00
Dungannon Mid Ulster District Council £5.00 £6.00 £7.00 £15.00
Dungannon Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council £36.00 £43.00 £58.00 £116.00
Fermanagh Fermanagh & Omagh District Council £12.00 £14.00 £19.00 £37.00
Larne Mid & East Antrim Borough Council £1.00 £1.00 £1.00 £2.00
Lisburn  Belfast City Council £10.00 £12.00 £16.00 £31.00
Newry and Mourne Newry, Mourne and Down District Council £0.43 £1.00 £1.00 £1.00
Newtownabbey Antrim and Newtownabbey Council £2.00 £3.00 £3.00 £7.00
North Down Belfast City Council £3.00 £3.00 £4.00 £8.00
Strabane Derry City & Strabane District Council £5.00 £6.00 £9.00 £17.00

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