Your business rates bill
Non-domestic rates, or business rates, collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy a non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services.
We administer national non domestic rates but work to regulations controlled by Central Government. Find out more about business rates on the GOV.UK website.
Business rates explanatory notes [PDF, 124KB]
We work out your business rates bill by multiplying your rateable value by the correct 'multiplier' (an amount set by central government).
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).
You must still pay your bill during the appeal.
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.