What are business rates

What are business rates

Business rates are collected by local authorities. This money contributes, together with revenue from Council Tax payers, revenue support grant provided by the government and certain other sums, to pay for local services. For more in-depth information please ready our explanatory notes below.

 Business rates explanatory notes [PDF, 124KB]

We administer national non domestic rates, but work to regulations controlled by Central Government. You can find further information about the business rates system via the Government Website 

Your Bill

We work out your business rates bill by multiplying your rateable value by the correct 'multiplier' set by central government.

Find out your business rates bill amount

Appeal against the rateable value

If you think your property valuation is wrong you can appeal against the rateable value to the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).

Appeal the rateable value

You must still pay your bill during the appeal to prevent recovery action

Rating Advisers

Ratepayers do not have to be represented in discussions about their rateable value or their rates bill. Appeals against rateable values can be made free of charge. However, ratepayers who do wish to be represented should be aware that members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS, www.rics.org) and the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV, www.irrv.org.uk) are qualified and are regulated by rules of professional conduct designed to protect the public from misconduct. Before you employ a rating adviser, you should check that they have the necessary knowledge and expertise, as well as appropriate indemnity insurance. Take great care and, if necessary, seek further advice before entering into any contract.