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Explanatory Memorandum to Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

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7.The Order is divided into six Parts and contains 41 Articles and 3 Schedules. Part I sets out the title of the Order and the commencement provisions and defines certain terms used in the Order.

8.Part II sets out general provisions of the Order relating to the regional and district rates and the introduction of a policing precept. It also covers the basis of valuation, rateable values and the right to pay rates by instalments.

9.Part III sets out the general provisions on valuation lists including the publication of new lists and public access to these lists.

10.Part IV provides for a range of reliefs and exemptions for both the domestic and non-domestic sectors.

11.Part V sets out the provisions on reviews and appeals including the new Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal.

12.Part VI deals with miscellaneous and supplementary provisions including the payment of interest, the rating of owners instead of occupiers, powers of entry and requiring information and for amendments, transitional and consequential provisions and repeals.

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