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Types of rates

District rates

Each year we estimate our income and expenditure for the next financial year. Based on these estimates, we set a district rate for that financial year. This is the amount of money we need from ratepayers to allow us to deliver our planned services.

The district rate is fixed annually by each council and the rate will vary from council to council. In 2014 - 15, we achieved a rates freeze - the first time in history there have been two successive zero increases.

What does it pay for?

Income from the district rate is used to meet the costs of providing services like:

  • leisure centres
  • bin collections and waste disposal
  • street cleaning
  • community services
  • parks such as Botanic Gardens
  • events such as festivals
  • economic initiatives 
  • building control
  • cemeteries.

Income is also used to maintain the following venues:

  • Belfast Zoo
  • Belfast Waterfront
  • Ulster Hall
  • Belfast City Hall
  • Belfast Castle
  • Malone House
  • St George's Market
  • Smithfield Market.

Find out what other services we provide 

Regional rates

The Department of Finance sets the regional rates as a contribution towards services provided by central government departments.

Regional rates are the same throughout Northern Ireland.

What does it pay for?

Income from the regional rate is used to meet the costs of providing services like:

  • education
  • health 
  • personal social services
  • housing
  • roads
  • sewerage
  • water.

Contact us
Land and Property Services Northern Ireland (external organisation)
0300 200 7801
Lanyon Plaza
7 Lanyon Place
Town Parks