Business rates is the commonly used term for non-domestic rates. Non-domestic rates are charged on most non-domestic premises, including commercial properties such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories. The council calculate and collect non-domestic rates on behalf of central government. The money raised is then used to help fund local services.
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. All business property has a rateable value unless it is specifically exempt from rates.
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) inform us of any changes to the rateable value of a property which may result from an appeal against the rateable value, or as properties such as office blocks become partly occupied. Revised accounts are issued, as are refunds following overpayment of rates.
Pay your business rates online
You can pay your Business Rates online. Click here to visit the Online Payments service.
Find out more
Click the links on the right to find out more about business rates.
To access the Government's guide to business rates, please click here.