What rates pay for

Rates fund public services in Northern Ireland, both regional and local. Your rate bill includes the regional rate and the district rate.

Regional rate

The Northern Ireland Executive sets the regional rate annually.  The rate applies in each council area in Northern Ireland. This pays for services including:

  • education
  • emergency 
  • hospitals
  • law and order
  • roads
  • social services and community development

All ratepayers contribute towards public services. There is no specific amount linked to availability or usage of any particular public service.

District rate

Each council sets an annual district rate for their area in Northern Ireland. This pays for local services including:

  • arts, events and recreation
  • building control
  • leisure/community centres
  • environmental health
  • tourism
  • waste management

You can get more information about your district rate and what it pays for in your area by contacting your council.

How rates contribute to public spending

The rates you pay contribute to public services such as health, education, justice and other regional services.

To see an example of how a ratepayer's rates contribute to public services, go to:

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