Prince Philip - Duke of Edinburgh

1921 - 2021

It is with deep sadness that the Council and residents have learned of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Business Rates for 2021-22

Business support and guidance during Covid19

We have a dedicated Covid19 webpage that provides information on the support and guidance available for businesses and the self-employed which can be accessed on the Covid-19 page for businesses.

Business Rates

National Non-Domestic Rates or business rates, as they are more commonly known, are a tax on non-domestic properties.

For 2021/22, businesses in Kensington and Chelsea are expected to pay approximately £176.6 million, plus £4.8 million of Business Rate Supplement (BRS), a combined total of £181.4 million. Under the retained rates scheme, the Royal Borough is expecting to keep £53.7 million of this amount.

How is your rates bill calculated?

Your gross annual rates bill is calculated by multiplying the rateable value of the property by the appropriate Government set multiplier. For 2021/22, the multiplier is 51.2 pence or 49.9 pence for businesses that qualify for Small Business Rate Relief. Your net rates bill may differ from the gross bill if you qualify for a relief, exemption, transitional relief, or your property is subject to the Business Rates Supplement (BRS). For more information visit the Greater London Authority webpage

How can I appeal against the rateable value?

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) values all business properties for business rates.  The valuation is based on information the VOA holds about your property. You can view and update this information at gov.uk/voa/valuation

You can contact the VOA at gov.uk/contact-voa. If you are unable to use the online service you can also contact the VOA on 03000 501 501.


Ratepayers who opt to pay their rates by direct debit can receive their rates bill by email. To sign up for e-billing please contact the Rates Office on 020 7361 2828 or by email to businessrates@rbkc.gov.uk quoting your business rates account number.

Direct Debit

If you would like to pay by Direct Debit, please call the Rates Office on 020 7361 2828 or download the form.

Business rates advice and support

The GOV.UK website provides impartial advice and support to help you sustain your business. At a local level, Portobello Business Centre offers free advice and confidential guidance from qualified experts and the Business and Enterprise section of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea website provides updates on Council backed initiatives that support businesses.

The Council can grant hardship relief to a ratepayer if paying all or part of the bill would cause hardship. Any ratepayer experiencing hardship can apply but relief is normally only granted in exceptional circumstances.

For details on how to apply please contact the Rates Office.

Further information

Further information about rates can be found on the explanatory notes accompanying your bill, or by contacting the Rates Office:

  • Email: businessrates@rbkc.gov.uk
  • Tel: 020 7361 2828
  • Post: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, PO Box 10413, London W8 7WT 
  • Visit by appointment only: The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm)