Non-Domestic Rates, or business rates, collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services.
Under the business rates retention arrangements introduced from 1 April 2013, authorities keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally. This provides a direct financial incentive for authorities to work with local businesses to create a favourable local environment for growth, since authorities will benefit from growth in business rates revenues. The money, together with revenue from council tax payers, revenue support grant provided by the Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by your local authority and other local authorities in your area.
Enclosed with your annual/initial bill will be a leaflet. Please read the explanatory notes to ensure that you are paying the correct amount of business rates.
If you receive your bill via email please see the Useful Documents section below for downloadable versions of these leaflets.
Business Rates are calculated by multiplying the rateable value against a multiplier (also known as the poundage).
There are two multipliers for 2016/17:
48.4 pence (applicable for those who qualify for Small Business Rate Relief together with all other occupied properties with a rateable value of below £17,999)
49.7 pence (standard multiplier for every other property)
Useful Documents and Links
Questions or comments?
If you notice that the information on your bill is incorrect (such as your name has been misspelt) or you would like an electronic copy of your bill please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org