How rate bills are calculated

Find out how your bill is worked out, the limit at which domestic rates are capped and where to 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 and the district rate. Local councils set the district rate.

Download a leaflet explaining what is included when calculating domestic or business rates:

Rates calculation

To find the capital valuation for your property, go to:

To work out your rate bill, you need your capital valuation and the council area where you live.

If you are entitled to help with your rates, such as Housing Benefit and Rate Relief for rates or Lone Pensioner Allowance, this will be deducted from your gross bill. Unpaid amounts from previous years will be added to your bill.

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

Domestic rates

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

Domestic Regional Rate  is the number of pence in each pound of the value of your property that you will pay for regional services.

Domestic District Rate  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 is the full amount you have to pay, after exemptions, allowances and reliefs are applied.

Reliefs are available for some domestic ratepayers. To read more information, go to:


The maximum capital valuation for a domestic property is £400, 000. For any house valued over £400, 000, LPS disregards the additional value when calculating rates. 

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