Business rates: the basics
Business rates: occupying and leaving a property
Moving into a new business property
When you move into your new property, you must contact your regional Land & Property Services (LPS) Rating office to let them know, otherwise you may receive a backdated rate bill. You can also advise them of how you wish to pay your rate bill.
Moving into a newly built business property
If you are moving into newly built premises you should contact your local LPS Valuation office. A valuer will come out to assess your property. A rate bill will then be issued based on this valuation. You should be aware that failure to inform LPS could lead to the issue of a backdated rate bill.
You can apply online to have your new property valuation assessed or alternatively you can download the LPS application form (CR3) to have your property valued (PDF, 230K).
This is a writable document, which means that you can complete on screen, print and send to LPS. Alternatively, you can save the document to your desktop, complete the form and send as an attachment to your local LPS Valuation office.
Leaving your old business property
When you move out of your property you must contact LPS. You should have your Account ID, Ratepayer ID and details of the new owners or people in your property to hand.
Alternatively you can use the online form to make changes to your rate account such as personal information, billing address for your rate bill, notification of a ratepayer's death or to change the assessment period for your rate account.
If you have a query regarding business rates you should contact Land & Property Services.
Please note: LPS Customer Information Centres will be closed until further notice. All Ordnance Survey services are available online or you can email queries to Mapping.Helpdesk@finance-ni.gov.uk. Helplines for rating and valuation, housing benefit, rates relief and land registration are open.
Further information on service updates, helpline numbers and reaching LPS by email are available on the LPS website.