How you can pay your rate bill

There are different ways to pay your rate bill. When paying, you need to include your Ratepayer ID and Account ID numbers as shown on your rate bill.

Pay your rates by direct debit

To pay by direct debit, you sign a mandate form. This allows Land & Property Services to collect money from your bank or building society account on an agreed date each month.

Paying by direct debit:

  • is easy to set up
  • spreads the cost of your rate bill
  • allows rate payment collection on 7, 15 or 28 of each month 
  • continues each year, without further action from you, for your rate account

How to set up a direct debit

You can complete and return the direct debit form in the link below. You can complete it by hand.  You can edit the form on screen, print, sign and post it to the Land & Property Services (LPS) freepost address shown on the form.

You can save the document to your desktop, complete the form on screen and email as an attachment to LPS Direct Debit section. To sign the form, you can add a digital signature by following the instructions at the ‘Sign’ button at the top of the form. You'll need a scanned version of your signature saved to your computer.

You can print the completed form, sign by hand and email a scanned version to LPS.

You can complete and return the form which is attached to your bill. Or you can telephone the LPS helpline with your bank or building society details.

  • telephone: 0300 200 7801 
  • text relay: 18001 0300 200 7801

Instalments

You can pay your rate bill by direct debit in instalments. This spreads your rate bill over ten instalments in any rating year. When you apply to pay by instalments, you can choose which date of the month you want your direct debit to be taken from your bank, on 7, 15 or 28 of each month.

If you miss direct debit payments for two consecutive months, LPS can withdraw the facility. You will have to make alternative payment arrangements.

Single payment

If you pay your rate bill in full, as one single payment, on or before the discount date, you get four per cent discount.

Once you set up your direct debit for single payment, your payment will be taken automatically every year and you will be guaranteed a discount.

Direct debit guarantee

If you pay your rates by direct debit, your bill will show when each payment is due and will include a copy of the direct debit guarantee. This is offered by all banks and building societies that accept instructions to pay direct debits. 

Pay your rates online

You can pay your rates online through the online payment service. You can pay using your debit or credit card. There is no charge to pay your rates by debit card or credit card.

Payments

You do not need to register to make a payment but you will need the following information which is on your rate bill:

  • account ID
  • ratepayer ID
  • occupancy ID (optional)
  • amount due

There is no limit on the amount you can pay in one transaction. Some ratepayers may have limits or restrictions on their credit or debit card. For example, you may not be able to pay more than a particular amount in one transaction.

If you have problems processing a large transaction, ask your credit card provider as there may be a limit on your card. Alternatively you can make more than one transaction at smaller amounts. This doesn't affect you entitlement to early payment discount

Debit and credit cards

The following debit cards are accepted:

  • Switch
  • Visa
  • Visa Electron
  • Solo
  • Maestro

The following credit cards are accepted:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard

Single payment

If you pay your rate bill in one  payment before the discount date shown on your bill, you  receive four per cent discount.

  • telephone: 0300 200 7801 
  • text relay: 18001 0300 200 7801

Pay your rates by telephone

You can pay your rates by telephone using an automated payment service. This is available 24 hours a day seven days a week. You can make a payment using a credit or debit card. There is no charge to pay by credit or debit card.

Making a payment

To make a payment you will need the following information which is on your rate bill:

  • account ID
  • ratepayer ID
  • amount due

To pay your rate bill,  telephone 0300 200 7801. Select the ‘payment’ option and follow the instructions to make a payment.

There is no limit on the amount you can pay in one transaction. Some ratepayers may have limits or restrictions on their credit or debit card. For example, you may not be able to pay more than a particular amount in one transaction.

If you have problems processing a large transaction, ask your card provider as there may be a limit on your card. Alternatively you can make more than one transaction at smaller amounts. This will not affect you entitlement to early payment discount.

Debit and credit cards

The following debit cards are accepted:

  • Switch
  • Visa
  • Visa Electron
  • Solo
  • Maestro

The following credit cards are accepted:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard

Single payment

If you pay your rate bill in full, before the discount date shown on your bill, you will receive a four per cent discount.

  • telephone: 0300 200 7801 
  • text relay: 18001 0300 200 7801

Help with your rates

If you have to rely on credit cards to pay regular household bills, you may be experiencing money problems. If you are struggling to pay your rates, you may be entitled to help. 

If you are worried about debt and need independent advice, contact the following organisations:

Pay your rates by standing order or internet banking

You can pay your rates by standing order or internet banking. 

Standing order

To continue paying your rates by standing order, you need to renew this every year. 

You can get your bank or building society to set up a standing order from your account to pay your rates. The payment should be made to the Land & Property Services (LPS) Rates Giro Account:

  • sort code 95-01-21 (Danske Bank)
  • bank account number 71063200 (domestic customers only)

Payments from abroad

If you are sending payment from abroad, the reference numbers for international or same day sterling payments (IBAN, CHAPS, BIC, Swift Code) are:

Domestic properties:

SWIFT Code/BIC Code - DABAGB2B (You must quote IBAN number with this)
IBAN NO: GB30DABA95012171063200
Bank A/C name LPS Rates Giro Account

You can send payment advice to:

LPS bank address is:

Danske Bank Limited
Donegall Square West
Belfast
BT1 6JS

Non-domestic properties:

SWIFT Code/BIC Code - DABAGB2B (You must quote IBAN number with this)
IBAN No.: GB22DABA95012101063197
Bank A/C name LPS Rate Account.

You can send payment advice to:

LPS bank address:

Danske Bank Limited
Donegall Square West
Belfast
BT1 6JS

You must quote the full 16 digit reference number which is your Account ID and Ratepayer ID on the top right of your rate bill. Include the zeros at the beginning with no spaces or dashes, for example 0123456789105568.

You need to renew a standing order each year, unlike a direct debit which runs continuously until cancelled.

Faster Payments scheme

LPS bank account is part of the Faster Payments scheme. If your bank is in the Faster Payments scheme, you can arrange to make faster payments to LPS through telephone or internet banking.  Ask your bank for more information. 

  • telephone: 0300 200 7801 
  • text relay: 18001 0300 200 7801

Telephone or internet banking

If your bank or building society offers telephone or internet banking, you can pay your rates using these methods. You should use the bank account details given above in the standing order section.

You must quote the full 16-digit reference number which is made up from your Account ID and Ratepayer ID on the top right-hand corner of your rate bill. Include the zeros at the beginning with no spaces or dashes, for example 0123456789105568.

Single payment

If you pay your rate bill in one single payment, before the discount date shown on your bill, you receive four per cent discount. You should allow five working days for payment to reach LPS.

Pay your rates by cheque

You can pay your rates by cheque. Make your cheque payable to ‘Land & Property Services’, crossed ‘Rate Account’ and send it to the address shown at the top of your bill. Write the address of your property and your Account ID and Ratepayer ID number on the back of the cheque. 

LPS doesn't give receipts for postal payments.

Hand deliver your cheque

You can also deliver cheques by hand to any LPS rating office. 

LPS does not accept cash or post-dated cheques.

Single payment

If you pay your rate bill in one payment before the discount date shown on your bill, you will receive four per cent discount. You must allow five working days for payment to reach LPS.

  • telephone: 0300 200 7801 
  • text relay: 18001 0300 200 7801

Pay your rates at a Post Office or PayPoint outlet

You can pay your rates in a Post Office or shop which has the PayPoint Service. 

In most PayPoint outlets, you can pay by cheque, cash or debit card. Some retailers may not accept cheques or debit cards. You can pay in full before the discount date to get a four per cent discount, or you can pay by instalments.

You will need the 2016 - 2017 Rates QuickPay card which is attached to your bill to make a payment. Bring your rate bill which shows how much you need to pay. Keep your receipt. To read how to use the Rates QuickPay card, go to:

If you pay by cheque in a Post Office, your cheque must be payable to 'Post Office Ltd'.

You must allow five working days for payment to reach LPS.

Single payment

If you pay your rate bill in one payment before the discount date shown on your bill, you will receive four per cent discount. You must allow five working days for payment to reach LPS. Some retailers may apply a maximum single transaction limit.

  • telephone: 0300 200 7801 
  • text relay: 18001 0300 200 7801

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