24 September, 2019 in Industry News

Northern Ireland Business Rates Public Consultation

The Business Rates Public Consultation was launched on 16 September and aims to gather views on the future direction of the business rating system within Northern Ireland.

Consultation opened: 16 September 2019

Closing date: 11 November 2019 at 23:59

Full detals via Department of Finance 

Associated Documents: Consultation Questions; 2019 Review of Business Rates - Terms of Reference


Consultation Description

In May 2019, the Department of Finance announced plans to undertake a full and comprehensive review of business rates in Northern Ireland.

It is of strategic importance for government to ensure that the business rating system is fit for purpose in order to fund Northern Ireland’s key services, both at regional and district level. The system, together with the suite of support measures, need to be positioned to respond to changing marketplaces and local economic conditions, and should align with wider government strategy to promote economic growth right across Northern Ireland.

This Review will evaluate the current position and make recommendations as to how the business rates system can be effective and fair, while still ensuring that overall, the same amount of revenue is available.

You can respond to the Business Rates Consultation online using the below link.

Doing so will help the Department of Finance be ready with updated advice for the return of Ministers.

Anyone can take part in this public consultation, which closes at midnight on 11 November 2019.


Associated Events

Enniskillen BID is hosting an event at The Westville Hotel, Enniskillen on  Wednesday 25th September at 9.30am  at which Alan Brontë, Director of Rating Policy at the Department of Finance, and Suzanne Barclay, from the Department’s Innovation Lab Team, will deliver a workshop on the Consultation.

The input of members to idea generation and subsequent impact in respect of the key questions as set out in the Consultation on the Review of Business Rates would be most welcome. 

The outputs from this event will be fed back to the Department as part of the consultation process but should not be considered as a formal response to the consultation.

The interactive, workshop style event is most successful with a maximum number of 30 people, as it will involve discussion sessions with smaller groups.  The Workshop will last no more than 2 hours. 

If you would like to participate please RSVP to:  noelle@enniskillenbid.co.uk





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