Households to receive rate bills

Date published: 26 May 2020


To help households during COVID-19, the issuing of domestic rate bills was deferred and the Executive agreed to freeze the element of the rate bill which it sets.

Over £680million was collected in household rates in 2019/20 and invested in vital public services such as healthcare, education and roads as well as helping to fund essential Council services.

A wide range of reliefs and entitlements are available including; support for those entitled to Universal Credit, for people on a low income and for pensioners who live on their own. Full details can be found at

Land & Property Services is encouraging anyone having difficulty paying to contact them on 0300 200 7801 or at for advice on payment arrangements and the range of support available.

The bill will set out the amount due for 2020/21, details of any rate relief which applies to your account and any debt from previous years that has not been paid.

There are a number of ways to pay your rate bill:                                                             

  • Domestic ratepayers can receive 4% discount if they pay their bill in full on or before 3 July 2020.
  • Direct Debit is the easiest and most convenient way to pay and allows ratepayers to spread the cost over 10 instalments from June 2020 to March 2021. Set up a Direct Debit online.  
  • Pay online by debit or credit card
  • Pay at any Post Office or PayPoint.

If you think the information on your bill is incorrect or if you have not received a bill please contact Land & Property Services.

Notes to editors: 

Notes to editors: 

1. As of 31 March 2020, there were approximately 818,000 rateable domestic properties in Northern Ireland.

2. For comparison purposes, the average household rate bill in NI is significantly lower than the average equivalent Council Tax bill (excluding water charges) in the rest of the UK. 2020/21 average figures: NI - £1,013, England - £1,327, Scotland - £1,147 and Wales -£1,411.

3.  For media queries contact the Department of Finance Press Office on 028 9081 6724 or 028 9081 6895, email Follow us on twitter @dptfinance(external link opens in a new window / tab). Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer on 028 9037 8110.

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