In Northern Ireland, rates are a property tax based on the capital, or market value of homes.  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. 

Your rates bill is made up of two parts:

District rate: 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.

Regional rate: the regional rate is set by central government and is used to pay for services such as roads, education and health.

Rate setting in Ards and North Down Borough Council (ANDBC) is a balance between affordable costs for ratepayers, maintaining quality of services and delivering ambitions for the Borough in relation to job creation, attracting visitors and regeneration.   

More information about your rates

Rates for 2022-23

At a special meeting on 14 February, Council struck the district rate for the Borough for 2022/23.
The domestic rate is 0.3618p in the pound -  a rise of 2.75%.
The non-domestic rate is 24.3300p in the pound - a rise of 2.75%.

This equates to an increase of approximately £1 per month for the average household and £10 per month for the average business in the Borough.

How we will use your rates in 2022-23

This relatively modest increase recognises that despite many positive steps forward with recovery, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact some areas of our work – reducing income streams and increasing service costs. It has also been made mindful of the ongoing increases in energy and, in particular, waste management costs that we are experiencing. Given this, we will continue to exercise financial discipline across the Council in the year ahead.

This rate will allow us to continue investing in the Borough by:

  • Progressing our Borough-wide Greenways network.
  • Advancing plans for a multi-use recreation and visitor destination at Whitespots Country Park.
  • Moving forward with redevelopment plans for Bangor Waterfront and better Borough-wide broadband, through the Belfast Region City Deal.
  • Seeking to deliver an Innovation Hub to support our growing creative technology sector
  • Supporting regeneration in our villages through Portaferry Public Realm works, the regeneration of Portavogie Harbour and a new 3G pitch in Portavogie.
  • Refurbishing Movilla Cemetery, Groomsport Boat House and Kircubbin/ West Winds Community Centres.

We will also be working to consolidate and improve service delivery by:

  • Working with residents to implement new and innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • Continuing to protect the local environment through proactive enforcement for environmental crime.
  • Promoting our open space and beautiful beaches through the Green and Blue Flag Awards and our ‘In Bloom’ competitions.
  • Animating the Borough with events such as the Aspects Literature Festival, Comber Earlies, celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Let’s Rock Concert in Ward Park in August. We will also be supporting local event organisers through a range of event grants.
  • Building partnerships to support people into employment and to create pathways to help address local employer issues.
  • Transitioning leisure facilities currently run by Northern Community Leisure Trust back to Council’s control; to be managed together with all other Council run leisure facilities. This change will allow us to offer a consistent experience to all ratepayers across the Borough at all Council owned leisure facilities.
  • Maintaining our Investors in People Silver standard as we work to support our staff to deliver even better services to the Borough

We will also be progressing our Council-wide transformation agenda by:

  • Having a renewed focus upon customer service excellence.
  • Implementing new digital working solutions.