What are rates?
In Northern Ireland, rates are a property tax based on the capital, or market, value of homes occupied by households.
Rates of non-domestic properties, such as businesses and offices, are based on the rental value of your property.
The income from this tax contributes towards the cost of providing local government services, such as leisure services and bin collections, and central government services, such as education and health.
Contact your local rate office:
Land & Property Services – Southern Rating Office
BT64 1 AD
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday – 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, Friday – 10.00 am to 4.30 pm
Find out about rates in 2011 – 2012
Calculate your rates bill
Your rates bill is made up of two parts:
The regional rate is set by central government and is used to pay for services such as roads, education and health. This rate will make up 55% of your rates bill, the rate for 2011 – 2012 has not yet been set by central government, it will be set at the end of March.
The district rate is fixed annually by individual councils and is used to pay for services such as bin collections, recycling and waste disposal, leisure services, street cleaning and parks.
The district rate set by us for 2011- 2012 increased by 2.5%, the lowest rate ever for Armagh City and District Council and significantly lower than the rate of inflation.
Despite the small increase, the Council is still intent on providing local services for the people who live in the district and will continue to progress a number of high profile and very exciting projects and events which will attract visitors to the area. The focus of the Council is to help businesses and to improve community services to all residents.
The district rate is the main source of income for councils with over 75% of our income coming from rates.