Business Rates – the commonly used term for non-domestic rates – are charged on most non-domestic premises, including most commercial properties such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories. If you use a building or part of a building for business, you will probably have to pay Business Rates. The Council uses the rateable value provided by the Valuation Office Agency to calculate how much you should pay on behalf of Central Government.
All non domestic properties have a rateable value which is set by the Valuation Office Agency, and broadly represents the annual rent the property could be expected to achieve on the open market on a certain date.
Business Rates are calculated by multiplying the rateable value of the property by the national poundage (known as the multiplier), which is set by the government each year. To calculate your Business Rates go to Gov.UK.
Can I reduce my bill?
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for Exemption from Business Rates or for Rates Relief. For further details visit the Gov.UK Guide to Business Rates. You can apply by using the forms below.
The Government has announced that it will provide Business Rates Retail Relief of up to £1000 to all occupied retail properties with a rateable value of £50,000 or less that are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments in each of the years 2014/15 and 2015/16. This will finish on 31st March 2016.
Small Business Rates Relief 2016/17
If your rateable value is less than £12,000 and you only pay rates on one property you may be entitled to Small Business Rates Relief.
Business rates appeals
Full details about Business Rates Appeals are available on the Gov.UK website.
You need to request an appeal form from the Valuation Office, this can be obtained from the Valuation Office Agency website. Alternatively you can write to the VOA at 2nd Floor, Overline House, Central Station, Blechynden Terrace, Southampton, SO15 1GW.
Ways to pay business rates
The Business Rates financial year runs from 1st April to 31st March each year and are paid by 10 monthly instalments (April to January), due on the first of each month. Ways to Pay:
Direct Debit - Direct Debit is the easiest way to pay your bill, the payments are made automatically on the 1st of each month. You can phone us to set up your direct debit or download the Direct Debit form.
On-Line - through our online payment system.
You can also pay by phoning 01252 622122.
Freedom of Information
We receive a number of requests for information about business rates on commercial properties. To help answer these requests we publish specific information.
Please note that we cleanse this information before publishing and remove the names of individuals, as this data is exempt.
Full details of commercial properties within Hart DC. This includes account name/address, rateable value, details of any relief granted and empty status.
Full list of credits in respect of commercial properties within Hart DC. This includes account name/address, amount and rateable value.
We do not provide the account reference number, as this is sensitive to the ratepayer.
How to contact Business Rates
Phone: 01252 774444
Write: Business Rates, Hart District Council, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, GU51 4AE