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
|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|