Business Rates

Information on business rates (national non-domestic rates) payable in the borough, including information discounts, exemptions and relief schemes.

Business rates in the borough

  • About business rates

    Information on business rates, including discounts and payment methods

  • Business Rates explanatory notes

    Business Rates explanatory notes

  • Business rate supplements

    The Business Rate Supplements Act 2009 enables authorities to levy a supplement on the business rate to support additional projects aimed at economic development of the area.

  • Rateable values and appeals

    The rateable values of all business properties are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) which is an agency of Her Majestys Revenue and Customs.

  • Revaluation 2017

    From 1 April 2017, the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is updating the rateable values of all non-domestic properties. This is known as a revaluation. Check and view your draft 2017 rateable value.

  • Transitional arrangements

    Transitional arrangements are designed to phase in the effect of a revaluation

  • Contact Business Rates

    How to contact the Business Rates team

Discounts and business rates relief

  • New build empty properties

    Information on new build empty properties and rates

  • Small Business Rate Relief

    The Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR), was introduced from 1 April 2005 to help small businesses.

  • Empty properties

    With effect from 1 April 2008 empty properties will be exempt from business rates for the first three months they are empty

  • Charitable and discretionary relief

    Charities are entitled to charity relief (also known as mandatory relief) where the property they occupy is used wholly or mainly for charitable purposes

  • Hardship relief

    Billing authorities have the discretion to grant relief to a ratepayer where payment of all or part of the rates due would cause them hardship

  • Local Business Rates Discount

    Information on the Local Business Rates Discount


Payments and billing