Business rates: the basics
Rates for retail units
When calculating business rates for retail units Land & Property Services (LPS) assess the Net Annual Value (NAV) by using zoning. Zoning is a methodology used in assessing the rental value of retail units and is used for shops, hair salons, banks, betting shops and most restaurants. LPS use zoning as it helps take into account different sizes and shapes of shops and awkward layouts.
LPS also consider other parts of the property that are ancillary or tertiary spaces such as upstairs offices and store rooms. They are rated but zoning is not applied for these areas of the property. Some spaces are not considered useable retail areas and are excluded from valuation. These spaces include toilets, lobbies, plant rooms and stairwells.
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.
The short video below explains the revaluing process, known as Reval 2023, and how LPS calculate business rates for retail units.